Advent is the season of preparation for the coming of the Messiah. Each Sunday of Advent has a differing theme demonstrated by the 4 candles on the advent wreath
The first candle symbolizes hope.
The second candle represents peace
The third candle symbolizes joy
The fourth candle represents love
In some wreaths you may see a fifth candle. This fifth candle represents light and purity and it is placed in the middle and is lit on Christmas Day.
We are called to make preparations in our life for the coming of the Lord. To take time for mindfulness and prayer so we can celebrate the Lords coming properly.
At Bishop Challoner, we mark Advent with Examination of Conscience Sessions. This involves discussing Advent and how we can best prepare for the coming of the Lord and reflecting on our lives and looking at how we can be the best version of ourselves that we are called by God to be. This gives us a list of things in our lives we may not do as well as we could and other traits which promote kindness and God’s love to all around us. Also, during Advent, students have chance to go to confession. They have reflected on who they are and how they can be the person God calls them to be so they are prepared to openly talk with a priest and ask for forgiveness. These sessions help us to prepare for the coming of Jesus.