Beginning the Church’s liturgical year, Advent (from, “ad-venire” in Latin or “to come to”) is the season encompassing the four Sundays (and weekdays) leading up to the celebration of Christmas.
The Advent season is a time of preparation that directs our hearts and minds to Christ’s second coming at the end of time and also to the anniversary of the Lord’s birth on Christmas. The final days of Advent, from December 17 to December 24, focus particularly on our preparation for the celebrations of the Nativity of our Lord (Christmas).
Advent devotions including the Advent wreath, remind us of the meaning of the season. Our Advent calendar above can help you fully enter in to the season with daily activity and prayer suggestions to prepare you spiritually for the birth of Jesus Christ. More Advent resources are listed below [on the website].
So I won’t be here today! 😦 Someone else from BCH will be there to supervise and act as nganh truong in case something comes up (like kids dismissing themselves with or without their parents waaaay too early), so it’ll just be like a normal chào cờ day in which we have to be flexible with time because who knows when that will happen. Things to check off for today: NT review, a song, chào cờ, and all-around awesomeness. 😀
- 8:00 – sinh hoat begins with morning prayer! – Tr. TN
- announcements: finals next week! AN will do their semester final in their teams. Also, quick early reminder that we’re only gonna have one week off for holiday break! Aaaand, Dec 12 is parish youth retreat day. When we get closer to that day, check in with me or meeting notes for more details.
- 8:10 – Nghiem Tap: General Review – Tr. P (+everyone)
- cac em know basic standing positions, turns, vertical lines (single and multiple), circle, and single horizontal lines (though they did multiple last week once and got really confused, but hey–they did it :P)
- at some point – Chào Cờ
- eventually – ca hát: Đôi Bàn Tay – Tr. NH
- If somehow we have extra time, we can do games. No dragon tails though: reason being usually that game is played with their scarves, and they tend to get thrown on the ground, and we just want to be more careful about their scarves. I’m working on cutting up some old shirts to use as dragon tails so they can play eventually, but for now, that’s why we’re not playing dragon tails. 🙂
- 9:30ish – (Gospel Reading?) wrap up – Tr. TN
- 9:50 – seated and ready for Mass!
HT note: Dec 12 is retreat day for our parish youth, so we’ll likely have some responsibilities with BGD on Saturday. But we also have responsibilities for a certain wedding that day as well, so…this’ll be interesting.