December - Celebrating the Maternity and Motherhood of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Planning and preparation for a glorious event adds to the richness of the actual moment. Advent prepares and enriches us for the glorious coming of the Christ Child. The theme of Mary's maternity focuses us on the life of the Christ Child and her relationship to God. Using the standard principles of spiritual development: Prayer, Study and Action, we are offering the following for parishioners and visitors to participate in - one or as many events as you like or can. We invite you to join us to prepare for the coming of the Lord in addition to your own personal devotions and family religious traditions.
Please join us daily at 8:00 AM Mass (weekdays) immediately following Holy Communion and on Sunday to pray our novena prayer. Should you not be able to join us publically, we invite you to say the prayer privately. Click on novena prayer for the words. In addition to your personal intentions, our parish intention will be the safety of our police and firefighters.
An altar to Our Lady of Lourdes (who revealed herself as the Immaculate Conception) will be placed near the pulpit with prayer petitions and small votive candles for lighting. (Bilingual)
Friday, December 8th - A Holy Day of obligation
Thursday Vigil - December 7th - 7:00 PM (English)
Friday - December 8th - 8:00 AM and 12 Noon (English)
7:00 PM (Spanish)
Novena to Our Lady of Guadalupe - December 4 - 12 6:00 PM or 7:00 PM Church or Hall
For more than 50 years Old Mission Santa Inés has been observing the tradition of celebrating a novena in preparation for the feast day of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Starting December 4th, join us for a nightly procession that begins at the church entrance near Solvang Post Office. The procession ends in the church (or hall) for the recitation of the rosary and the traditional and devotional Danzas Aztecas. The bilingual rosary begins at either 6:00 PM or 7:00 PM (see schedule) and is followed by hot chocolate and pan dulce. During the novenas, you will have the opportunity to light a candle and a votive candle will be lit representing each petition and placed before the statue of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Three large votive candles will be lit to represent the police, firefighters and residents of the Valley. During the 9 day novena that begins on December 4th, the public is invited to participate in the novena in person or by emailing prayer intentions to firstname.lastname@example.org or you may also bring them to the parish office, located at 1760 Mission Drive in Solvang.
The nightly novenas will culminate on the morning of December 12th with the observance of the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Patroness of the Americas. At 3am, a procession and rosary begins on 5th Street in Solvang followed by mariachi music at the Our Lady of Guadalupe grotto, Mass, traditional Aztec dancing and a traditional Mexican breakfast. Evening activities include a children's procession at 5:30 pm followed by a rosary blessing of the Blessed Sacrament, Aztec dance of children and concludes with light appetizers in the Parish Hall . Read more about this event including a list of activities and times.
This Mexican novenario 400 year old tradition focuses on Mary and Joseph's search for lodging in Bethlehem. Spanish missionaries brought the custom of the religious pageant to Mexico, where they used it to teach the story of Jesus' birth to Mexico's people.
Las Posadas is Spanish for lodging or accommodation referring to the inn in the story of the nativity of Jesus. The plural form of the word and the nine day celebration(novena) represents the nine-month pregnancy of Mary, the mother of Jesus. During Las Posadas, each evening, a parish family home hosts the novena and is designated as an "inn" or Posada. Two people dress up as Mary and Joseph. A procession of pilgrims is formed outside the house and the head of the procession has a candle inside a paper lampshade. At each house, the residents respond by singing a song and Mary and Joseph are finally recognized and allowed to enter. Once the "innkeepers" let them in, the group of guests come into the home and kneel around the Nativity scene to pray. The final night's location is Old Mission Santa Inés church. Schedule of locations.
Doctrine of the Immaculate Conception:
Learn about the development of this doctrine as a critical part of our history of salvation.
Maternity Clothes - Desperately Needed!
Consider donating new or "gently used" maternity clothes which will be given to the Pregnancy and Parenting Support Center, Lompoc. Clothes can be dropped off at the Parish Office or after Mass.
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) describes Advent as
"The Advent season is a time of preparation that directs our hearts and minds to Christ’s second coming at the end of time and also to the anniversary of the Lord’s birth on Christmas. The final days of Advent, from December 17 to December 24, focus particularly on our preparation for the celebrations of the Nativity of our Lord (Christmas).
Advent devotions including the Advent wreath, remind us of the meaning of the season."
On the USCCB website, there is an interactive Advent calendar that can help you fully enter in to the season with daily activity and prayer suggestions to prepare you spiritually for the birth of Jesus Christ. Below are more Advent resources from the USCCB site:
- About Advent Wreaths
- Blessing of an Advent Wreath
- Blessing of a Christmas Tree
- Commentary on the Proper Prayers of Advent from the Roman Missal
- Blessing of a Christmas Manger or Nativity Scene
- Lectio Divina for Advent
- Liturgical Notes for Advent
- The "O Antiphons" of Advent
- Advent 2017 Calendar - Bilingual
- Family Advent 2017 Calendar - Bilingual