Franciscan Sisters’ Advent Wreath: Reminder of God’s Love

by Sister Julie Ann on November 27, 2016

As our Seraphic Father Francis had, so Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity have “special devotion to the mysteries of the Incarnation, the Eucharist, and the Cross, in which the tremendous love of God is visibly shown to us.” These are words from our FSCC Constitutions. Our  Advent wreath depicts this reality.

Find in this Motherhouse prayer symbol a manger filled with straw.

franciscan-sisters-advent-wreath-2It is positioned to capture a view of the tabernacle and the large crucifix in our sanctuary.  The wreath is crafted together with dried flowers from our own gardens, the work of our hands.franciscan-sisters-advent-wreath

St. Francis is to have asked a friend from Greccio, Italy, to help him set up a manger scene for Christmas. Legend has it that as the people of the town arrived at the scene carrying torches and candles, St. Francis sang and spoke about the birth of Jesus. Someone in the crowd saw a vision of Jesus in the manger being cradled in St. Francis’ arms. This event is captured in a Motherhouse hallway painting by our Sister Victoria. The left window of the stable shows St. Francis and his friars at Christmas. st-francis-and-the-mangerHow fitting for us to remember St. Francis’ simple, yet profound ways of thinking of Jesus during this season of waiting in grateful hope for the coming of our Savior. May you, too,  find ways to draw closer to Jesus that grow joy and peace within your heart.



3 thoughts on “Franciscan Sisters’ Advent Wreath: Reminder of God’s Love”

  1. Sister Theresa says:

    Special thanks to the committee of Sisters at our Motherhouse who always provide such a beautiful environment to help us celebrate the various liturgical seasons and feast days!

  2. annemarielom says:

    Advent, my favorite liturgical season! The Motherhouse environment from chapel to hallways to dining room reminds us of the ancient prophecies, the years of waiting, the need for God’s People to come to an understanding of an incarnate God in Jesus! Come and visit us and experience the ambiance of Advent!

  3. Sister Carletta says:

    The time of Advent is particularly meaningful. We are preparing again for the birth of God as a human person. Once He came, He has always remained – as a human person – as we receive Him in Holy Communion and adore, praise and honor Him in our chapels and churches. There He is as truly and humanly present as He was in the crib at Bethlehem. His presence in His humanity and divinity will never leave us.

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