WEST TERRE HAUTE -- The Sisters of Providence of Saint 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.
All liturgies and prayer services are open to the public and to people of all faith traditions.
The Advent Wreath Blessing, accompanied by a prayer service, is at 4 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 27, in the Church of the Immaculate Conception at St. Mary-of-the-Woods.
Eucharistic Liturgies on the four Sundays of Advent, which are Nov. 28, Dec. 5, Dec. 12, and Dec. 19, are at 11 a.m., in the Church of the Immaculate Conception.
Advent Vespers are scheduled on those same Sundays in St. Joseph Chapel in Owens Hall. Service time is 4:30-5 p.m.
Vespers is the evening prayer of the Church. The sisters will gather at this 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 and to reflect on the Advent season's scripture readings.
Sunday Brunch and The Gift Shop at Providence Center are closed Nov. 28, but they will be open Dec. 5, Dec. 12, and Dec. 19. Brunch hours are 10:45 a.m.-1:15 p.m. The Gift Shop is open between 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m.