"Building up the Kingdom of God"

       National Catholic Apostolic Church

   in the United States 

(Non-Roman)

MESSAGE FROM THE PRIMATE

ADVENT 2019


Dear Church, 


What does the Advent Season have to do with our work? Everything. 


The Advent season reminds us of two things:

  • To celebrate the Incarnation, that the Word became flesh and dwelt among us. Through his birth, life, death, and resurrection, Christ establishes God’s kingdom here on earth. (Mark 1:15)
  • To join with believers throughout the centuries and pray for Christ’s return. The prayer “Amen. Come, Lord Jesus” (Rev. 22:20) should be on all of our lips. The current fallen state of the world cannot be redeemed by additional human ingenuity or effort. Christ’s second return will consummate God’s kingdom, finishing the work he started by making all things new and restoring full PEACE to the entire creation.

Although this truth is often forgotten in this busy season, it may be the most important. Advent is meant to remind us how to live in this time between the already but not yet, between Christ’s first and second coming. Suddenly there came a sound from heaven , as of a violent wind. . .it filled the whole house. . .And there appeared to them parted tongues as of fire, which settled upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit" (Book of Acts).

On Christmas we celebrate the birthday of Christ in His Physical Body. Today is the birthday of the Church, of all those who have been reborn into His Mystical Body.

How did the first Christians prepare? They were all "in prayer" with Mary; and they were "all of one mind," under the leadership of Peter, making ready to tell "men from every nation under heaven. . .of the wonderful works of God".  Yes, prayer and action are the marks of the true Christian.

We ask the Holy Spirit to confirm the graces wrought in us when we were baptized and confirmed. We pray also to relish things of the Spirit and to benefit by His consolation in the struggle of Church and soul against the prince of this world.  Come Lord Jesus, come quickly! 


May you and your family have a blessed and holy Advent Season! 


+Michel Joseph, O.S.B.

Primate


                              TRAVELING SCHEDULE OF THE PRIMATE
                                                   2019 - 2020
                                                                                                                               
 (Tan pronto como sea posible) 
Visita Pastoral al Vicariato San Benito Abad - Argentina
-Confirmaciones
-Visita Parroquial
-Encuentro con el Clero, Seminaristas y Candidatos
-Celebraciones Patronal de Santa Catalina de Alejandria (Zona Norte, Buenos Aires)
December 6 to December 30 -Pastoral Visit to Divine Mercy of Jesus Parish -Extraordinary meeting of the Clergy of Texas-Personal Business and Christmas Holy-Days.  
2020
Enero 22-29
Confirmaciones Parroquia El Santísimo Sacramento en Long Beach, California
Abril 1-12
Semana Santa y Domingo de Pascua. 
April 14-16
Meeting of the USA clergy and those of our terrirories in Long Beach California hosted by our Parish of El Santísimo Sacramento. 
Septembre

 Yaoundé - Cameroun- Afrique - Semaine Sainte et la Pâques - Ordinations Diaconales et Sacerdotales - Confirmations -  Visites Pastorales dans les Paroisses - Visite Canonique chez les Disciples d’Emmaüs. Rencontre avec le clerge du Congo (Brazzaville).
October Family Visit to Ottawa, Canada.