Peace of ChristmasLet us be numbered among those who stay awake, living at the ready, saying “yes” to all of the invitations of grace given to us during this wonderful season of Advent.

On Monday, December 3rd we begin the Advent Season. What is Advent? The word advent comes from the Latin adventus, meaning coming or arrival. In the Church’s liturgical calendar, Advent is the season of hope in which we prepare to celebrate the commemoration of the first coming of Jesus Christ and look forward to his Second Coming. 

While these two perspectives constitute the Church’s official understanding of the season, Advent suggests yet a third coming, one by which the season becomes more than just a time of year, and the liturgy more than mere ceremony: it is the coming of Christ within us. During Advent, the Incarnation should become a personal experience of Christ growing within us through the power of the Holy Spirit.

During this season our society tells us to hurry - get this bargain - shop here - so many shopping days until Christmas. Our faith invites us to slow down - to wait - to prepare. Such contradictions! In order to assist us a little in the slowing down process, Campus Ministry offers Advent Reflections. This will provide you with a time to stop, to read and to reflect a bit on the message of the Advent season.

Advent & Christmas 2018 Schedule

Advent Reflections

Campus Ministry offers daily reflections throughout the holy season of Advent.
Sign up for daily Advent reflections by emailing campusministry@anselm.edu.

Advent Programs and Services

Campus Ministry in conjunction with the college offer a variety of programs and services during Advent.

  • Events

    Advent & Christmas 2018 Schedule

    Saint Anselm College Campus Ministry

    "Advent, this powerful liturgical season that we are beginning, invites us to pause in silence to understand a presence. It is an invitation to understand that the individual events of the day are hints that God is giving us signs of the attention he has for each one of us. How often does God give us a glimpse of his love!" -Pope Benedict XVI

    Programs and Events

    Advent Reflections: sign up to receive daily reflections throughout Advent. A simple reminder to slow down, reflect, and prepare for this Holy season. Reflections are written by faculty, staff, monks, students, and alumni. To receive daily Advent Reflections simply email campusministry@anselm.edu and request to be added to the distribution list.

    Christmas Giving Tree: to benefit Catholic Charities of New Hampshire. Trees with gift tags are located in Alumni Hall 1st floor, and the Abbey Church lobby. Please have Amazon packages shipped directly to Campus Ministry, or return with tags to Campus Ministry, by Wednesday, December 12th. For more information: Joycelin Raho at jraho@anselm.edu or 603-641-7170

    Fair Trade Fair: to support economic justice in developing countries. Beautiful and unique hand crafted gifts, jewelry, housewares and more that are made by artisans from around the world. Thursday, November 29th, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. in the Jean Student Center. For more information: Joycelin Raho at jraho@anselm.edu or 603-641-7170

    A Celebration of Light: Intercultural Holiday Dinner Co Sponsored with Inter-Cultural Center, Tuesday, December 4th at 6pm in the Event Center (Jean Student Center). Learn about holiday traditions from diverse cultural and religious backgrounds from members of our campus community. For more information: Kat O'Loughlin at koloughlin@anselm.edu or 603-641-7317

    DecemberSong: performance of songs of the Advent and Christmas Seasons by the Saint Anselm College Choir - Saturday, December 1st at 7:30 p.m. in upper Abbey Church.

    Christmas Tree and Manger Blessing: Traditional Blessing of Manger Scene and Christmas tree, Sunday, December 2nd at 6 p.m., in the plaza behind Alumni Hall, with Christmas Carols and refreshments. For more information: Father Stephen Lawson slawson@anslem.edu 603-641-7731.

    Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception Mass: Friday, December 7th at 7:30 p.m. in the Lady Chapel, Lower Abbey Church. 

    Be Resilient & Have Hope: Encounter Retreat join us Wednesday, December 5th at 6 p.m. in the Lady Chapel, Lower Church. For more information: Riley Casey at rcasey@anselm.edu or 603-641-7276.

    Campus RENEW offers students the opportunity to form small peer-led faith sharing groups. Campus RENEW groups meet for an hour each week for Scripture reflection, discussion and prayer. For more information: Kat O'Loughlin at koloughlin@anselm.edu.

    Advent Prayer Cards, Christmas Cards and Books are available for purchase in Campus Ministry Office in the Gene Student Center.

    Debunking Christmas Myths with Fr. Stephen on Tuesday, December 18th at noon in Campus Ministry. Fr. Stephen will discuss and explain popularly held myths centered on Christmas. Lunch will be provided. Sponsored by the Staff Council and Office of Campus Ministry. 

    Advent Wreath Lighting & Prayer: Monday's at noon in Campus Ministry, December 3rd, 10th and 17th: Join the college community has we light a candle to mark the beginning of the week in Advent. Sponsored by the Staff Council and Office of Campus Ministry. 

    For additional resources for Advent and Christmas, see http://www.usccb.org/advent.

  • Celebration of the Eucharist in Advent

    Celebration of the Eucharist in Advent

    All offerings and times listed below apply only when the college is in session, December 2nd – December 15th.

    The Abbey Church is open daily from 6 a.m. - 10 p.m. for prayer and reflection. The Blessed Sacrament is reserved in the chapel to the right of the sanctuary.


    Abbey Church

    • Sunday: 11 a.m. and 7 p.m.
    • Monday: 5:15 p.m.
    • Tuesday: 5:15 p.m.
    • Wednesday: 5:15 p.m. in upper Abbey Church and 9 p.m. in lower Abbey Church
    • Thursday: 5:15 p.m.
    • Friday: 5:15 p.m.
    • Saturday: 11:50 a.m.

    December 16th - January 13th Mass daily at 8:30 am with the following exceptions:

    December 24/25

    Christmas Day

    • The Solemnity of the Nativity of the Lord - Mass at 12 Midnight and 11 a.m.

    January 1

    New Year's Day, Solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God

    • Mass, 8:30 a.m.

    For the Mass & prayer schedule visit the Saint Anselm Abbey Website.

    For additional resources for Advent and Christmas, visit http://www.usccb.org/advent.

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Abbey Church

    The college community is welcome to celebrate the Liturgy of the Hours with the Benedictine Monks of Saint Anselm Abbey. Please arrive a little early and a monk will assist you with seating and orientating you with the prayer book. Seating is in the choir section behind the main altar.

    Sunday
    Morning Prayer Lauds 7:10 a.m.
    Daytime Prayer Terce 8:30 a.m.
    Evening Prayer Vespers 5:30 p.m.

     

    Monday through Friday
    Morning Prayer Vigils and Lauds 6 a.m.
    Daytime Prayer Sext 12 p.m.
    Evening Prayer Vespers 7:05 p.m.

     

    Saturday
    Morning Prayer Vigils and Lauds 6 a.m.
    Daytime Prayer Vespers 5:35 p.m.
    Office of Readings Vigils 7:30 p.m.
  • Reconciliation

    Abbey Church, lower level (when college is in session)

    • Sunday - 6:15-6:45 p.m. and 8-9 p.m.
    • Monday - Friday 4:30 -5 p.m.

    Note: The Abbey Church is open daily from 6 a.m. - 10 p.m. for prayer and reflection. The Blessed Sacrament is reserved in the chapel to the right of the sanctuary.

Advent Reflections 2017

Campus Ministry offers daily reflections throughout the holy season of Advent.

Sign up for daily Advent reflections by emailing campusministry@anselm.edu.