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December 3rd - All Grades
[During Advent, our prayers include the lighting of the Advent Wreath. The Advent Wreath may be lit centrally in the office or at a liturgical centre in the school foyer. It may also be lit in the classroom. ]
We begin our Advent season in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
Happy New Year! This past Sunday our Church began a new liturgical calendar year with the First Sunday of Advent. Our Church colours change from the green of ordinary time to the patient violet of Advent.
Today is the first Monday in Advent. We light the first purple candle on our advent wreaths. This is the "hope" candle. The light of this candle reminds us that our experience of the coming of Jesus, the light of our world, involves Hope for a better life. It also reminds us that we are called to bring hope to one another.
Let us pray:
Loving God, during this season of Advent,
we wait for the for the arrival of the child (baby) Jesus.
We pray that you will open our hearts
to receive your son Jesus Christ into our lives,
to guide and keep us safe in difficult times.
Lord God, during this Advent time help us to grow in our love and imitation of Jesus.
God's hope to direct me.
God's love to surround me.
God's joy to warm me.
God's peace to comfort me.
Bless our Advent journey to Christmas with light and patience.
Our Jewish brothers and sisters celebrate the season of Hanukkah beginning yesterday (Dec. 2-10) This festival celebrates the rededication of the Temple in Jerusalem after its ruin by the Syrian Greeks. Hanukkah has become a beloved and joyous holiday. It is also known as the Festival of Lights and usually takes place in December, at the time of year when the days are shortest in our northern hemisphere.
We move into our day in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.