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The Week of Advent I at All Saints

December 2, St. Peter Chrysologus, B.C.D.
   10 a.m. - Monday Morning Bible Study
   12:15 p.m. - Low Mass

December 3, St. Francis Xavier, C.
   7 a.m. - Men's Group
   12:15 p.m. - Low Mass

December 4,  St. Clement of Alexandria, C.D.
   12:15 p.m. - Low Mass

   5:45 p.m. - Agape Dinner & Advent Wreaths

December 5, Feria
   12:15 p.m. - Low Mass

December 6, St. Nicholas, B.C.
   12:15 p.m. - Low Mass

   Men's Advent Retreat

December 7, St. Ambrose, B.C.D. (see below)
    Low Mass Canceled

    Men's Advent Retreat

Agape Dinner &
Advent Wreath Workshop

Please plan to join us for a special Agape this week. We will gather for dinner at 5:45 p.m. and after dinner, Flower Guild members will guide us in making advent wreaths for our home.  Due to the date change, please RSVP this week and let us know if you plan to attend!

Click here to RSVP for Agape!

Have you subscribed to the Earth & Altar blog? If you haven't, check it out this week! There are Advent-themed posts by Ken Myers & Andrea Perkins and an upcoming post on the feast of St. Nicholaus by Jackie Jamison.

Women's Advent Brunch

Please join us for the Women's Advent Brunch on Saturday, December 21, at 9 a.m. We will begin with morning prayer followed by a devotional lecture by Fr. Sean McDermott: "Icons, Contemplation, and the Te Deum: An Exercise in Devotion through Image and Word." Afterward we will gather for brunch and fellowship. Email the parish office to RSVP.

Weeklings VI

Isaac James is accepting submissions for Weeklings Volume VI during the month of December. Please direct submissions to:

Angel Tree for Thrive Women's Healthcare

For the next several weeks the Missions Committee is highlighting Thrive: Women's Healthcare (formerly called the Pregnancy Center) through an Angel Tree gift drive. There is a tree in the Undercroft with tags for items they need (diapers, baby wipes, formula). Please consider supporting their work by taking a tag or two and returning purchased items (unwrapped) to the church by Sunday, December 15. 

If you have any questions please contact Andrea Perkins:

2020 Ordo Calendars

Please reserve your copy of the 2020 Ordo Calendar. These calendars list the feast day, colors and seasons of our liturgical year. They are wonderful to use in your home or give as a gift! Email the parish office to reserve your copy!

Fr. Dan's Sermon for Advent I

Church Yard by Eileen Corley

Sermon audio is available on our website -- click here!

Saint Andrew's Novena

The Feast of Saint Andrew has always been closely associated with the beginning of Advent as it usually falls around the First Sunday of Advent. In light of that fact, for at least the past century a prayer was developed as a daily preparation for Christmas and took November 30 as its starting point. It is sometimes called the Christmas Novena, St. Andrew’s Novena, or the St. Andrew’s Christmas Prayer.

It is a beautiful prayer that focuses on the moment of Christ’s birth and can act as a great meditation for Advent. The prayer is customarily prayed 15 times a day, but can be prayed once a day or whenever you remember throughout the next month.


Hail and blessed be the hour and moment
In which the Son of God was born
Of the most pure Virgin Mary,
at midnight,
in Bethlehem,
in the piercing cold.
In that hour vouchsafe, O my God,
to hear my prayer and grant my desires,
[here mention your request]
through the merits of Our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.

Saints Bio: Saint Ambrose, B.C.D.

Ambrose was governor of Northern Italy, with capital at Milan. When the Diocese of Milan fell vacant, it seemed likely that rioting would result, since the city was evenly divided between Arians and Athanasians. As you recall from Sean McDermott’s class, the Athanasius affirm that the Logos or Word (John 1:1) is fully God in the same sense that the Father is, while Arians believed that the Logos is a creature, the first being created by the Father. Eastern Orthodox, Roman Catholics, and Anglo-Catholics are Athanasian. Ambrose went to the synod where the election was to take place, and appealed to the crowd for order and good will on both sides. He ended up being elected bishop with the support of both sides. He gave away his wealth, and lived a simple life utterly dedicated to Orthodox, Athanasian Christianity. By his preaching, he converted the diocese to the Athanasian position, except for the Goths and some members of the Imperial Household. The Arian emperor Constantius, son of Constantine the Great, had sent Arian missionaries to convert the Gothic tribes and the Goths, being the chief source of mercenary troops for the Empire, were mostly Arian. On one occasion, the Empress ordered him to turn over a church to the Arians so that her Gothic soldiers could worship in it. Ambrose refused, and he and his people occupied the church. Ambrose composed Latin hymns and taught them to the people, who sang them in the church as the soldiers surrounded it. The Goths were unwilling to attack a hymn-singing congregation, and Ambrose won that dispute. He subsequently won another dispute, when the Emperor, enraged by a crowd who defied him, ordered them all killed by his soldiers. When he next appeared at church, Ambrose met him at the door and said, “You may not come in. There is blood on your hands.” The emperor finally agreed to do public penance and to promise that thereafter he would never carry out a sentence of death without a forty-day delay after pronouncing it. Ambrose maintained that no Christian could be compelled to provide money for the building of a non-Christian house of worship, no matter what the circumstances. Ambrose was largely responsible for the conversion of St. Augustine. The Te Deum Laudamus was long thought to have been composed by Ambrose in thanksgiving for that conversion.When the Emperor Constantine established the city of Byzantium, or Constantinople, as the new capital of the Roman Empire, replacing Rome, the bishop of Byzantium became very prominent. Five sees (bishoprics) came to be known as patriarchates: Rome, Alexandria, Antioch, Jerusalem, and Byzantium. Now, the congregation at Rome claimed the two most famous apostles, Peter and Paul, as founders. Antioch could also claim both Peter and Paul, on the explicit testimony of Scripture, and of course Jerusalem had all the apostles. Alexandria claimed that Mark, who had been Peter’s “interpreter” and assistant, and had written down the Gospel of Mark on the basis of what he had heard from Peter, had after Peter’s death gone to Alexandria and founded the church there. Byzantium was scorned by the other patriarchates as a new-comer, a church with the political prestige of being located at the capital of the Empire, but with no apostles in its history. Byzantium responded with the claim that its founder and first bishop had been Andrew the brother of Peter. They pointed out that Andrew had been the first of all the apostles to follow Jesus (John 1:40-41), and that he had brought his brother to Jesus. Andrew was thus, in the words of John Chrysostom, “the Peter before Peter.” As Russia was Christianized by missionaries from Byzantium, Andrew became the patron not only of Byzantium but also of Russia.

And they continued stedfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers. Acts 2:42

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3889 Ivy Road
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
(434) 979-2842

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