Advent wreath
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Johan van Parys

Advent / Christmas

Christ yesterday, today and tomorrow

During the Incarnation Cycle (Advent & Christmas) we celebrate that God became one of us so we might become more like God.

Advent

Advent comes from the Latin Adventus Domini meaning the Coming of the Lord. During Advent we prepare for the celebration of the Lord's coming 2000 years ago. In addition we celebrate his presence among us today and we prepare for his future and final appearance at the end of time.

  • Sunday Eucharist is celebrated with a sense of longing for the fulfilment of all that Christ promised when he dwelt among us.
  • Advent morning prayer and evening prayer are characterized by the typical Advent melodies.
  • Advent Taizé Prayer with the opportunity for the Sacrament of Reconciliation is celebrated in Teresa of Calcutta Hall.
  • A special Eucharist with the celebration of the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick is celebrated in the St. Joseph Chapel.
  • The Sacrament of Reconciliation is available on Saturday mornings and by appointment.

Christmas

On Christmas, from the old English Cristes Messe or Christ's Mass we celebrate Christ's presence among us yesterday, today, and tomorrow even until the end of time.

The festive celebrations of the Eucharist on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day are punctuated with great Christmas Carols from all around the world.

Epiphany

The word Epiphany is the English transliteration of the Greek Epiphaneia, meaning appearance, revelation, and manifestation.  

The feast of the Epiphany is thus the feast of the revelation of Jesus as the Son of God.

The original feast of the Epiphany celebrated the four major revelations of Jesus as the Son of God: the announcement to the shepherds, the visit of the Magi, the Baptism of the Lord and the wedding at Cana.

In addition to the Eucharist we also celebrate Evening Prayer today.

Baptism of the Lord

This feast concludes the Christmas Season and launches Ordinary Time as it celebrates the beginning of the public ministry of Jesus. 

In addition to Sunday Eucharist we also celebrate Evening Prayer on the feast of Baptism of the Lord if it falls on a Sunday.

Upcoming Events

Advent wreath
Dec 5
2021
Sunday
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3:00 PM
Join us in-person or onlineWith The Basilica Schola Cantorum Livestream link or at facebook.com/BasilicaMpls.  
Dec 12
2021
Sunday
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9:30 AM
On Gaudete Sunday, the Third Sunday of Advent, you are invited to bring the baby Jesus from your home nativity to The Basilica for a blessing during the 9:30am and 11:30am Mass. 
Advent wreath
Dec 12
2021
Sunday
at
3:00 PM
Join us in-person or onlineWith The Basilica Schola Cantorum Livestream link or at facebook.com/BasilicaMpls.  
Dec 19
2021
Sunday
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11:00 AM
Light of the World, by Mark Patterson, performed live by the children and youth of The Basilica.Sunday, December 19, 11:00am and 1:00pmTeresa of Calcutta Hall  
Advent wreath
Dec 19
2021
Sunday
at
3:00 PM
Join us in-person or onlineWith The Basilica Schola Cantorum Livestream link or at facebook.com/BasilicaMpls.  
Christmas at The Basilica of Saint Mary
Dec 21
2021
Tuesday
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8:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Join a team of volunteers to transition the liturgical environment in the church from the Advent season to that of the Christmas season. Arrive anytime after 8:00am; decorating begins at 8:30am and...
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Celebrate Christmas at The Basilica
Dec 23
2021
Thursday
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8:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Join a team of volunteers to transition the liturgical environment in the church from the Advent season to that of the Christmas season. Arrive anytime after 8:00am; decorating begins at 8:30am and...
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Jan 10
2022
Monday
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8:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Join a team of volunteers to transition the liturgical environment in the church from the Christmas season to that of Ordinary Time (also known as "De-Greening"). Arrive anytime after 8:00am;...
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