“When the Church celebrates the liturgy of Advent each year, she makes present this ancient expectancy of the Messiah, for by sharing in the long preparation for the Savior’s first coming, the faithful renew their ardent desire for his second coming.” (CCC 524)
“On the threshold of the public life: the baptism. On the threshold of the Passover: the Transfiguration.” (CCC 556)
The saints are joyful because they are grateful to God.
“O Mary, You shine continuously on our journey as a sign of salvation and hope…”