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Keep up with the Church's liturgical seasons by following the weekly messages from the Guild's Dean of Chapter, Fr. Bernard Hall. Filled with interesting information that will keep your mind firmly fixed on the worship of God as intended by our holy liturgy.

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Guild Missions

Infant of Prague Chapel

6397 Holloway Drive
Liberty Township, OH 45044

Sunday Mass 5:00 pm

– Chaplain:  Fr. Bernard G. Hall

St. Margaret Mary Chapel

1000 Scioto Street
Urbana, OH 43078

Sunday Mass 10:00 am

– Chaplain:  Fr. Bernard G. Hall

Our Lady of Good Remedy Chapel

10879 N. State Route 39
Lizton, IN 46149

Sunday Mass 9:00 am

– Chaplain:  Bp. Paul S. Petko

St. Michael the Archangel Roman Catholic Church

1943 Craley Road
Windsor, PA 17366

Sunday Mass 9:00 am

Served by the priests of the Guild of St. Peter ad Vincula

Our Lady of Good Success Roman Catholic Chapel

4617 West Lincoln Highway
Parkesburg, PA 19365

Sunday Mass 12:30 pm

Served by the priests of the Guild of St. Peter ad Vincula

Our Lady of Sorrows Chapel

548 Ashley Road
Newark Valley, NY 13811

Sunday Mass TBA

– Chaplain: Bp. Joseph S. Macek


Puerto Rico

Sunday Mass TBA

– Chaplain:  Bp. Hector Moreno

From The Deanery  

The Advent Wreath

Advent Sunday
December 2, 2018

The Advent Wreath
As part of our spiritual preparations for the coming of Christ at Christmas, we celebrate the season with an Advent wreath, a circular garland of evergreen branches representing eternity. On this wreath we arrange four candles, three purple and one rose-colored, which reflect the color of the vestments worn by the priest on each of the four Advent Sundays. In a custom that originated in 16th-century Germany, we light one of the four candles on each of the Sundays of Advent. Each candle represents a different aspect of the Christmas message, and by reflecting on these, we prepare ourselves to receive that message in the right spirit.

Today, the very first day of Advent, we light the first purple candle. It is known as the Prophecy Candle in remembrance of the prophets who foretold the coming of the Messiah, notably the Prophet Isaiah, who predicted the birth of Christ: “Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Emmanuel.” (Isaiah 7:14)

On the second Sunday in Advent, the second purple candle is lit. It represents Love, and is traditionally known as the Bethlehem candle, symbolizing the manger radiating forth the light of our Savior in David’s royal city: “And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.” (Luke 2:12)

On Gaudete Sunday, the third in Advent, the rose-colored candle is lit. It is customarily called the Shepherds’ Candle, and represents Joy: “And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.” (Luke 2:8-11)

The fourth and last Sunday in Advent sees the lighting of the last purple candle, which is often called the Angels’ Candle, and represents Peace: “And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.”

In more modern times, a white candle is often placed in the center of the wreath, which represents Christ, the Light of the World, and which is lit at Midnight Mass. The color white symbolizes purity, in this case the sinless, spotless, pure Savior.

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Chapter Meeting

 The Chapter met on Saturday, July 7, to discuss the application of a bishop for affiliation with the Guild.  As we were unable to verify the validity of his orders in the absence of any supporting documentation, the Chapter recommended to the Superior General that the application be denied.

Dedication Meeting

The Board of Directors met on Thursday, November 15. The purpose of the meeting was to elect the Superior General for the coming year.  Bishop Joseph Macek was subsequently invited to continue in his position as Superior General, with a new term of one year beginning on Advent Sunday.

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