Posted: December 4, 2017 in Advent

candle1Happy New Year.  Advent is the start of the Liturgical year for us as Catholics.  Having celebrated the feast of Christ the King, we now start our preparations for the coming of Jesus. The word Advent, derives from the Latin word meaning “coming” so Advent is a great time to get our house in order.  Whilst Lent is traditionally a time of prayer, fasting and almsgiving, we are encouraged to do similar acts during Advent.

According to the Catechism:

When the Church celebrates the liturgy of Advent  each year, she makes present this ancient expectancy of the Messiah, for by sharing in the long preparation for the Saviours first coming, the faithful renew their ardent desire for his second coming. By celebrating John the Baptists birth and martyrdom, the Church unites herself to his desire: He must increase, but I must decrease (Catechism, no. 524).

At St James’ we will be participating in various time-honoured traditions, such as making Jesse trees and participating in Advent Services during the last week of term. Some of our staff will be going to Bethlehem this Christmas and will place your prayers and petitions at the place of Jesus birth.  The whole school will also be collecting for the Colindale Foodbank as part of our Advent almsgiving.

Have a look at the Chaplaincy News and get involved, so that this you are ready for December 25th.

God bless,

Miss Whelan

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