Advent is a beautiful and meaningful season in the Christian calendar, focusing on the anticipation and preparation for the celebration of Christmas – the birth of Jesus Christ. The term ‘Advent’ is derived from Latin and means ‘coming.’ During this time, Christians spiritually prepare themselves for the coming of Christ, honoring the first coming at Bethlehem and also looking forward to his second coming at the end of time.
The Symbols of Advent
The liturgical color purple signifies penitence, in keeping with the contemplative nature of Advent. Churches and homes often feature an Advent wreath made up of evergreen branches with four candles – three purple and one pink – to represent the four weeks of waiting. The pink candle symbolizes joy and is lit on the third Sunday, named Gaudete Sunday.
The Meaning Behind Primary Assembly: Advent
During a Primary Assembly focused on Advent, children learn about this important time of waiting while paving the way for understanding one another’s beliefs and values. They discover that waiting is a vital part of life, but it can also be difficult at times. Advent teaches us to be patient, hopeful, and resilient during these periods.
Waiting for the Birth of Jesus
Christians believe that God’s presence became human in Jesus Christ after centuries of waiting for a divine savior. Each week during Advent, Christians read scripture that chronicles events leading up to Jesus’ birth, reminding them what happened before that monumental realization.
The Importance of Patient Waiting
During Primary Assembly, discussions about patient waiting could include other historical moments where people patiently waited for change or even personal experiences with anticipation. This allows students to understand how different aspects of their lives embody a form of waiting – be it life events, achievements or positive changes.
Embracing Hope and Resilience in Advent
Primary Assembly introduces children to the ideas of hope and resilience throughout Advent. It helps them build these qualities through engaging in acts of kindness, charity, and prayerful reflection. Being more mindful during this season helps children grow in these virtues and prepares them for the joyous celebrations of Christmas.
Primary Assembly: Advent encourages students to appreciate the sacredness of waiting in their lives, teaching resilience, hope, and patience. Like the first Christmas, when people awaited the birth of Jesus with bated breath, Advent demonstrates that sometimes the most exceptional things in life require time and patience. Embracing these lessons enables children to cultivate a greater sense of understanding and respect for different beliefs and values while simultaneously opening the door to self-discovery and personal growth.