From the Principal
This Sunday is the first day of Advent. The term 'Advent' is from Latin; it means 'the coming'. It is the period where Christians wait for the celebration involved in the birth of Jesus Christ.
As with most Catholic traditions, it emerges well after the death of Jesus and the first apostles, and its meaning has evolved considerably over time. It was traditionally when new converts to Christianity would wait, pray and prepare for their baptism. In more modern times, it is seldom acknowledged outside of the liturgy. There was a time though when it was a kind of 'mini-Lent' where whole communities would fast, pray and offer good works.
One tradition that has been maintained from is the Advent Wreath containing Advent candles. There are 3 purple candles and 1 rose/pink one. The 3 purple candles represent hope, peace/prophecy and love. The rose coloured candle - lit on the third Sunday of Advent - symbolises joy. They are lit every Sunday during Advent, to remind our communities explicitly of these things.
Even of you do not go near a church before Christmas, please try to make those four things a characteristic of your summer.
I dearly hope you have an Advent filled with Hope, Peace, Joy and Love.