1513: SSPX Florida Newsletter Nº 26
Editorial: Will America Be Communist? by Fr. Marc Vernoy. St. Therese's Christmas Miracle, by Fr. Scott Settimo. Prayer for the Defeat of the Marxist Enemies of the Cross. Rosary Crusade for the Mass and Vocations. Silence and Peace and Not Noise and Worry, by Fr. Joshua Jacobs. The Oasis in the Desert, by Fr. Samuel Fabula. The Account of the Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, by Fr. James Haynos. FSSPX Floridian Mass Centers.
The Second, Third, and Fourth Sundays of Advent all present St. John the Baptist in the gospels of the Mass. The Liturgy shows us St. John as our model of preparing for the coming of Our Lord as this was his vocation in life. Take note that Holy Mother the Church uses all these Sundays to express the quote “He must increase, and I must decrease.” She does this by reversing the chronological order of St. John’s mission in the Gospels approaching Christmas.
On the Second Sunday of Advent, we see St. John the Baptist sending his disciples to Our Lord. This is the completion of his mission on earth preparing the coming of Our Lord and then sending all men to Our Lord as their salvation.
The Third Sunday shows St. John preparing the people for the coming of Our Lord: “And he confessed and did not deny: and he confessed I am not the Christ...The same is He that shall come after me, who is preferred before me: the latchet of whose shoe I am not worthy to loose.”
On the Fourth Sunday, all we have is the sound of St. John crying in the wilderness “...the word of the Lord was made unto John, the son of Zachary, in the desert... As it was written in the book of the sayings of Isaias the prophet: A voice of one crying in the wilderness: Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make straight his paths.” (Lk 3:2-6).
St. John slowly disappears from the Gospels as he prepares to make room for the coming of Our Lord. “He must increase, and I must decrease.”
Extract from Fr. Fabula's article.