LINCOLN (SNR) – St. Teresa Parish in Lincoln invites men to a week of Advent Matins (morning prayer) Dec. 18-22, in preparation for Christmas.
Each morning from 7:05 to 7:25 the week before Christmas, men of all ages will meet in the church, at 735 S. 36th St., for hymns, a reading, and a short reflection given by a parishioner. A high school student will give a closing prayer each day, before a final blessing and dismissal.
On Friday, Dec. 22, a breakfast will follow in the parish hall.
Father Justin Fulton, assistant pastor at St. Teresa, said he hoped the event would build community amongst fathers and sons, and men young and old.
In particular, he said, he hopes high school students would see their fathers expressing their faith and be encouraged to “own” their faith, as well, and model that faith to the grade school students. He hopes the event might become a tradition, eventually seeing the young men return as college students and continue to hand on the faith to new generations.
Father Fulton said he was inspired to arrange the event by his own experiences growing up in Auburn, where he was a member of St. Joseph Parish.
The community held an Advent Matins for men for decades that he attended as he grew up.
“To see men we knew – teachers, coaches, businessmen, fathers – standing up and talking about their faith made an impact on all of us. They didn’t just ‘keep’ the faith. The shared it.”
During Lent, Father Fulton plans to host a similar event for women.