It is our tradition at the Abbey to keep Advent as its own liturgical season, as a time of preparing for the coming of the Lord. So now, in the past few days the Postulants (those men who have entered the community this past year) have been busy putting the trees and decorations in place, but we will not be turning on the lights and seeing the monastery in its full Christmas splendor until this evening, when we begin the celebration of the Lord’s Nativity with the First Vespers of Christmas.
It occurred to me that our lives as Christians is like this. In our Christian life of faith, hope and love, of prayer and good works, we set everything in place. But we will not see the full glory of what we have been doing until the moment of Our Lord’s Coming in Glory, revealing the true splendor and reality of it all, the hidden effects of our efforts for bringing about His Kingdom in the world.
May God bless us all with a glimpse of that future glory in our celebration of His First Coming this Christmas Season!
In the love of Our Lord and Lady,
Br. Christopher and all your brothers of New Clairvaux
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