WEST TERRE HAUTE -- The Sisters of Providence of St. Mary-of-the-Woods have announced a schedule of Advent services as a prelude to the Christmas season.
Advent begins on the fourth Sunday before Christmas and is a time of preparation for the coming of the commemoration of the birth of Jesus.
Traditionally, the season is marked with an advent wreath and special prayers.
The Advent Wreath blessing, accompanied by a prayer service, will take place at 4 p.m., Saturday, in the Church of the Immaculate Conception of St. Mary-of-the-Woods.
Advent Vespers are scheduled Sunday, Sunday, Dec. 6, Sunday, Dec. 13, and Sunday, Dec. 20, in the St. Joseph Chapel in Owens Hall at the college. Service times are 4:30-5:15 p.m.
Vespers is the evening prayer of the church. The sisters will gather at that time and invite others to join them in praising God for the blessings of the day and asking God for assistance during the coming night. It is an opportunity to pray the psalms in song in an ecumenical spirit to reflect on the Advent season's scripture readings.
All prayer services are open to the public and to people of all faith traditions.
The Sisters of Providence, a congregation of more than 400 women religious, have their motherhouse at St. Mary-of-the-Woods, located northwest of Terre Haute.
Saint Mother Theodore Guerin founded the Sisters of Providence at St. Mary-of-the-Woods in 1840. Today, Sisters of Providence minister in 19 states, the District of Columbia, Taiwan and China.
For more information about any of the ministries of the Sisters of Providence of St. Mary-of-the-Woods, visit the congregation's website at www.SistersofProvidence.org.