Advent in Ardmore: RAA's Recognition of The Season
The four Sundays leading up to Christmas Day mark the season of Advent. It is a time of preparation and waiting for the coming of Christ. The word “Advent'' is actually derived from the Latin word, “Adventus” —meaning: “coming” or “arrival.”
Waiting for the arrival of Christ is in reference to both the anticipation of The Second Coming, as well as, the anniversary of Jesus's Birth (Christmas Day).
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The beginning of the season is meant to inspire a realization that everyone will one day have a meeting with Christ and the reality that there is no predicting when that day will come. It is an opportunity to repent and make room for His presence. It is easy to forget this part of the advent season, being that it is a more somber time.
However, as the weeks of Advent progress so does the brightness of the season. This is symbolized by the lighting of the candles on the Advent Wreath. Each week, the wreath illuminates a little brighter. A sign that Christ comes in the darkness amidst our sin and suffering.
Which leads us to the end of the season—the opportunity to acknowledge His fulfilled promises in the joyful remembrance of the birth of Jesus Christ who came to save us from our sin. A very bright and happy time indeed. This is the part of the season that is celebrated well!
There are many signs and symbols of advent that help direct our hearts and minds throughout the entire duration of Advent—The Advent Wreath and Advent Calendars being two examples. The Catholic Apostolate Center has a great explanation of these symbols.
Another opportunity to grow closer to God during this season is through prayer. Loyola Press has thoughtful, advent prayers for the entire family.
The signs of Advent are evident at Regina Angelorum Academy in Montgomery County, PA. As a Catholic school community, it is part of the school’s mission to remind it’s students of this crucial season in the Church.
The Private School in Ardmore, which is distinct for it’s Catholic Classical Curriculum, encourages its children (aged Pre k - 8th grade) to be present, reflective, and prayerful during this time. There is a unique spiritual presence that comes from prioritizing these values in the school. Regina Angelorum Academy is proud to cultivate such a culture.