|Image courtesy of "fish eaters"|
The Advent Ember Days are intended as a reflection of Winter, a season of hope -- because despite the cold and snow, we await the arrival of the One Born in Bethlehem, whose Resurrection fills us with hope. They are also a celebration of the Annunciation -- the appearance of the Angel Gabriel to Mary to inform her that God had chosen her to be the mother of the Christ -- and the Visitation, Mary's subsequent visit to her cousin Elizabeth, pregnant with the child who would grow up to be known as John the Baptizer.
Between the Third and Fourth Sundays in Advent (or sometimes the week prior -- shortly after the Feast of St. Lucia (aka St. Lucy)), there are three designated Ember Days for fasting and reflection: Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. Wednesday and Friday are traditional fast days in the Church; why Saturday was added is a bit complicated, so I invite you to read about it HERE.
All this is to say that I'm taking some time away from the computer -- or, more particularly, the blog. I'm going to spend this time instead in personal reflection and examen in preparation for Christmas. I'll be reading e-mails and maybe sneak a peak at Facebook from time to time, but quietly. Quietly. "See" you next Sunday. Have a blessed week! In the meanwhile, pour yourself a cuppa, sit back, and enjoy...
"Winter" from The Four Seasons
Running time: almost 10 minutes
P.S. And while I'm away...'Word Verification' is ON. :-)