A Message from Mr. Clagnaz...
There are many ways that we will celebrate the Season of Advent at our school.
Gathering and praying around the Advent Wreath is a traditional practice that takes place in Churches, homes, and in the classrooms of our school! The circle shape of the wreath, which has no beginning or end, symbolizes the eternity of God. The evergreens signify everlasting life. Each of the four candles represents one of the Sundays of Advent. The purple candles represent penance and preparation. The pink candle, which is lit on the third Sunday of Advent, represents joy. It is also known as Gaudete Sunday. Gaudete is Latin for "rejoice." This is the only day of the year when the priest wears pink vestments. You will also notice Advent candles in the windows of all of the classrooms in our school.
Bambinelli Sunday at St. Brigid's
The third Sunday of Advent, December 13th this year, is also known as Bambinelli Sunday. You are invited to bring the Baby Jesus figure from your home crèche scene to mass for a special blessing. This blessing will take place at the 9:15 am mass in the School Chapel, right before Breakfast With Santa.
St. Francis of Assisi is credited with creating the Nativity scene in 1223. He presented a living Nativity scene in the Italian town of Greccio. By the 16th century the crèche scene found its way into homes throughout Europe.
Setting up the manger figures can be a favorite family activity. Children like to arrange the figures of Mary and Joseph in the stable, along with the shepherds and animals. In many families, the figure of the Baby Jesus remains hidden until Christmas morning, when the children discover him in the manger. It is also a custom to have the figures of the magi begin their journey towards Bethlehem on Christmas Day, and arrive at the stable on the Epiphany (traditionally January 6).
Preparing the Manger
In the Gospel of St. Luke, he tells us that after Jesus was born, Mary "wrapped him in swaddling clothes and laid him in a manger." Another custom that we practice at school is known as the preparation of the manger - a practice of having children prepare soft bedding for the manger. Each classroom has a bag of straw. As children are recognized for acts of kindness or good deeds, straw is placed in the manger. When Baby Jesus comes on Christmas Eve, he will find plenty of straw bedding to soften the hard boards of the manger.
My prayers are with you for a peaceful Season of Advent.
Mr. Paul P. Clagnaz, Proud Principal