December 4, 2012: Joyfully Waiting for the Lord

~ by Mary Galvano

One of the most frequent questions asked by parishioners after Mass during Advent is, “Why doesn’t’ the choir sing more Christmas songs during the month of December?” “But it is not Christmas”, I try to explain, “it is Advent.”

This is a hard for some to understand especially when some radio stations start playing Christmas music the day after Thanksgiving, and then stop the day after Christmas day. Society as a whole is caught up in the backward ways of the Christmas season, brought about mainly by the commercial environment of our time. Commercialism doesn’t help with focusing on the main reason for Christmas. It is about the retail and superficial aspects reflected in stores when Christmas music is played and the decorations displayed way before Christmas begins.

The Church’s ways isn’t the way of the worlds, thank goodness.

The truth is, Christmas has not yet begun. It starts on Christmas day, December 25th, and last for twelve days. This period is also known as Christmastide. We are supposed to have twelve days of gift giving and festivities leading up to Feast of Epiphany. For us, December 25th is just the beginning of our celebration of Christmas, not the end.

Wouldn’t it be exciting if the rest of the country caught on to this and we celebrated the joys of Christmas for twelve days? We as Catholics still can. The Church continues to celebrate Christmas and play Christmas music long after Christmas day while the rest of the world has stopped.

In some parts of Europe, where they still celebrate the way Christmas was meant to be celebrated, they don’t put up any decorations, not even a Christmas tree until Christmas Eve.

One of my dear friends, who happens to be a Polish priest, used to get so upset to see the commercialism of Christmas during the Advent season in America. He explained to me how important it was in his country to focus on Advent and then Christmas.

During our time of Advent, we are joyfully waiting for the coming of Jesus. We are preparing the way of the Lord! This preparing for Christmas also reminds us of how we need to prepare and be ready for the return of Christ again! Advent, in a way, is similar to Lent. This is a time to examine our lives and clean up any part of us that needs to be cleaned up. If you notice there is usually a special penance service during the season of Advent just like there is one during the time of Lent. Notice how we have no “Gloria” during Mass similar to Lent, and then on Christmas day, as it is on Easter, the “Gloria” is once again back into the Mass.

We are to be still and quiet during this time.

The next time while at Mass pay attention to the music of Advent and the stories the hymns are telling. They are exciting! They are getting us ready to welcome our King. Don’t miss it for the world. This Advent, try to spend more time being quiet, reflecting on Christ’s coming. Jesus will be here soon. Are you ready?


Mary Galvano-Bajohr is a singer/songwriter, LPGA golf instructor, speaker and author. On the golf course she is a dedicated professional, but go to a Yankee game, a Pro-life event or other venue and you just might see her step up to the microphone and sing the National Anthem or the Ave Maria.

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