Weekly Religious Education Notes

December 3, 2023

This week is the first week of Advent, one of my favorite seasons.  I love the traditions of the Church:  the beautiful violet vestments and decorations in the church, The Advent hymns (especially O Come, O Come Emmanuel and Lo' How a Rose Er Blooming), preparing our hearts and homes for the joy of Christmas, and most especially the Advent wreath. 

I remember lighting the candles of the Advent wreath daily at our dinner table as a child, and of course, arguing about who was going to blow them our after dinner!  Each week we would light another candle until all four were lit, and we knew that Christmas was very close!

As I grew, however, I learned more about the tradition of the Advent wreath.  I was learning what each candle means, and now, more than ever, I can appreciate the message of the Advent wreath.  This week, as we light the first candle, we remember that this candle represents hope.  Hope for everlasting life with our Lord, Jesus Christ.  Hope for peace in our families and in our world.  Hope for justice for all.  Hope that we can all bring Jesus into our world today. 

Ms. Mary Zabrecky, Director of Religious Education