Welcome to the website of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of the Southern Cross, which was erected by His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI in 2012. The Ordinariate currently includes eleven worship communities across Australia.
Bow down thine ear, we beseech thee, O Lord, to our prayers; and by the brightness of thine Advent lighten the darkness of our minds. Amen.
Advent is a season observed in many Western Christian churches as a time of expectant waiting and preparation for the celebration of the Nativity of Jesus at Christmas. The term is an anglicized version of the Latin word adventus, meaning "coming".
Latin adventus is the translation of the Greek word parousia, commonly used to refer to the Second Coming of Christ. For Catholics, the season of Advent anticipates the coming of Christ from two different perspectives. The season offers the opportunity to share in the ancient longing for the coming of the Messiah, and to be alert for his Second Coming.
Advent is the beginning of the Western liturgical year and commences on Advent Sunday. The liturgical colour for Adventide is violet, with the exception of Gaudete Sunday (the third Sunday of Advent) on which day the liturgical colour is rose. The progression of the season of Advent is marked with the use of an Advent Wreath that uses the same liturgical colours: three violet candles, a rose coloured candle and sometimes a white candle, which is lit on Christmas Eve. The liturgy during Advent is characterised by penitance, especially through the Sunday readings. Some communities also preserve the ancient penitential traditions of refraining from decorating the church with flowers and forgoing the use of the organ and music instruments with the liturgy being sung by unaccompanied scholas.
Advent and Christmas Reflections
As in recent years the Diocese of Wollongong has published a booklet called Redeem which is a devotional for use during Advent and Christmas. These spiritual rich daily reflections have been written by six clergy and religious from the Diocese of Wollongong. Redeem also features beautiful religious artworks from our rich Catholic history with enlightening “artwork spotlight” descriptions written by Fr Graham Schmitzer PP (Corrimal).
To order please go the Diocese of Wollongong website and you will have a copy within a few days.
A sample copy of Redeem can be downloaded here.