On Sunday, the 2nd Sunday of Advent the Preface of the Eucharistic Prayer was the first Preface of Advent. The Preface is used daily in the first part of Advent, up to the 16th of December. From the 17th another Preface is provided, for the last days of Advent when our attention shifts from the anticipation of the Second Coming to the celebration of the First, in the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem.
The day of this post is the first of the Year of Mercy, and is the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception.
The Preface of Sunday gathers something of all these things in its thanksgiving for God’s goodness, and subsumes them under the great plan of God to restore us to the intimacy with Him which Adam and Eve squandered, for which Israel longed but fell short.
It is truly right and just, our duty and our salvation,
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