Dec 2 – Advent – 5th Grade Class Plan

Main theme: Gifts;
gift of Christ, Gifts of the Holy Spirit, Charisms, Christmas gifts (and the need to stop wanting stuff and start giving stuff)

Secondary Theme: Happy New Year – time to make a resolution that will be gifted to you by Christ on Christmas.

 

What do you want for Christmas? What are you willing to give?

What New Year resolution are you going to make?

 
 

Readings: Luke 21:25-28, 34-36 (Hope)

Next week: Luke 3:1-6 (Preparation) Third week: Luke 3:10-18 (Give) Fourth Week: Luke 1:39-45

 
 

ADVENT: A TIME OF PRAYER, PENANCE AND PREPARATION

Advent is a period beginning with the Sunday nearest to the feast of St. Andrew the Apostle (30 November) and embracing four Sundays. The first Sunday may be as early as 27 November, and then Advent has twenty-eight days, or as late as 3 December, giving the season only twenty-one days.

With Advent the ecclesiastical year begins in the Western churches. During this time the faithful are admonished

  • to prepare themselves worthily to celebrate the anniversary of the Lord’s coming into the world as the incarnate God of love,
  • thus to make their souls fitting abodes for the Redeemer coming in Holy Communion and through grace, and
  • thereby to make themselves ready for His final coming as judge, at death and at the end of the world.

 
 

Brief History

A Synod held in 590 established that Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from November 11th until the Nativity would be offered according to the Lenten rite. This and other traditions, such as fasting, show that the period of time now established as the Advent season was more penitential (similar to Lent) than the liturgical season as we know it today.

A collection of homilies from Pope St. Gregory the Great (whose papacy was from 590-604) included a sermon for the second Sunday of Advent, and by 650 Spain was celebrating the Sundays (five at the time) of Advent. So it seems the liturgical season was established around the latter part of the 6th century and first half of the 7th century. For the next couple of centuries, Advent was celebrated for five Sundays; Pope Gregory VII, who was pope from 1073-85, reduced the number to four Sundays

 

The Advent Wreath

The circle and evergreens represent the eternity of God. The candles stand for either

Hope – Preparation – Joy – Love

Or

Prayer – Penance – Joy – Preparation

 
 

 
 

GIFTS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT AND CHARISMS

Charisms:

  1. The Greek term charisma denotes any good gift that flows from God’s benevolent love (charis) unto man; any Divine grace or favour, ranging from redemption and life eternal to comfort in communing with brethren in the Faith
  2. Any extraordinary graces given to individual Christians for the good of others.

1 Corinthians 12:4-6

Gifts of the Holy Spirit

Wisdom and Understanding

Right Judgment and Courage

Knowledge and Reverence

Fear and Awe of the Lord

Received at Baptism, perfected at Confirmation


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