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First Sunday of Advent

 Today, Sunday, December 3, we celebrate this event at the Manse Shrine.

HOPE


Hope combines the desire for something and the expectation of receiving it. The Christian virtue is hoping specifically for Divine union and eternal happiness. While faith is a function of the intellect, hope is an act of the will.

The Catholic Encyclopedia defines hope as "the desire of something together with the expectation of obtaining it."

In the Christian tradition, hope in Christ and faith in Christ are closely linked, with hope having a connotation that means the one with hope has a firm assurance, through the witness of the Holy Spirit, that Christ has promised a better world to those who are His. 

Pope Benedict XVI stated: "Whoever believes in Christ has a future. For God has no desire for what is withered, dead, artificial, and finally discarded: he wants what is fruitful and alive, he wants life in its fullness, and he gives us life in its fullness."

The Act:
O my God, relying on Your almighty power and infinite mercy and promises, I hope to obtain pardon of my sins, the help of Your grace, and life everlasting through the merits of Jesus Christ, my Lord and Redeemer. Amen




In the morning worship, we had a Catholic Baptist celebration in our rituals., 

In 2014, the year of our corporation, we were a nondenominational Christian. When the association was made with Christian churches worldwide, we became interdenominational Christians in 2017 (IAoC). 

The Archbishop became a Born Again Catholic in 2020 by joining the Third of Saint Francis.

The Right Reverend Marie is a Baptist pastor, so we have a Catholic Baptist liturgy using our tools for the liturgy of the Words.


Most Reverend Pastor Eric Michel SFU, Chaplain.


The Virgin Mary made me do it!










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