December 2, 2022

2022 Advent Reflections from CBC High School

Advent, Advent Reflections
The students, faculty and staff of Christian Brothers College High School offer a reflection for each day of Advent.
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2022 Advent Reflections from CBC High School 3

Advent Reflections: The Introduction

As always, the Church begins a new year with the start of the season of Advent. While much of the world starts a new year on January 1, for the Church, the new year begins earlier. This year the new year begins on the first Sunday of Advent, November 27. Some parts of Advent are familiar: the Advent wreath, Advent calendars, and the colors purple and pink. But what is this season all about?

Well, there are really two aspects to the season. First, there is the sense of anticipation and preparation. But this is not a preparation for Christmas, but a preparation designed to focus our attention on the Second Coming of Jesus. Second, there is our recalling the miraculous Incarnation, which is the celebration of Christmas.

The season is, then, about the beginning of the Messiah’s arrival on earth and the end of time when Jesus returns in all his glory in his Second Coming. So the season is an interplay between the “already here” (the arrival of Jesus) and the “not yet fully realized” (the Second Coming of Jesus).

The Catechism of the Catholic Church says this: “When the Church celebrates the liturgy of Advent each year, she makes present this ancient expectancy of the Messiah, for by sharing in the long preparation for the Savior’s first coming, the faithful renew their ardent desire for his second coming. By celebrating the precursor’s birth and martyrdom, the Church unites herself to his desire: “He must increase, but I must decrease.” (524)

There are also liturgical changes we will see. Many churches have an Advent wreath. People will notice the priest wearing purple vestments (or violet if you prefer). The one exception to purple vestments may be Gaudete Sunday (the third Sunday of Advent), when the priest wears pink (or rose if you prefer). Gaudete Sunday is why one of the candles on the wreath is pink. It is also the case that the Gloria is not said. Gaudete is the imperative form of the verb, to rejoice, and so Gaudete Sunday is Rejoice Sunday.

The Season of Advent is a special time where the celebration of the Sacrament of Confession is made more available. Many parishes have communal celebrations with the chance to celebrate the sacrament individually. This serves as a reminder that preparing our soul is the best way to prepare for the coming of Jesus.

The Friar is focusing on four actions: pray, prepare, watch and act. There will be ways on this website to find more information about how to do each. In terms of praying, preparing and watching, one thing is below. Once again, we are making available reflections written by educators and students.

Each day during the season of Advent there will be posted a reflection written by the students, faculty, or staff at Christian Brothers College High School. Go to the CBC web page, cbchs.org for each day’s reflection. If you would like to listen to an audio podcast of each reflection, visit thefriar.org. Have a happy Advent!

The first reflection will be posted close to the first Sunday of Advent.

November 27, 2022 (Faculty) (Student)

November 28, 2022 (Faculty) (Student)

November 29, 2022 (Faculty) (Student)

November 30, 2022 (Faculty) (Student)

December 1, 2022 (Faculty) (Student)

December 2, 2022 (Faculty) (Student)

December 3, 2022 (Faculty) (Student)

December 4, 2022 (Faculty) (Student)

December 5, 2022 (Faculty) (Student)

December 6, 2022 (Faculty) (Student)

December 7, 2022 (Faculty) (Student)

December 8, 2022 (Faculty) (Student)

December 9, 2022 (Faculty) (Student)

December 10, 2022 (Faculty) (Student)

December 11, 2022 (Faculty) (Student)

December 12, 2022 (Faculty) (Student)

December 13, 2022 (Faculty) (Student)

December 14, 2022 (Faculty) (Student)

December 15, 2022 (Faculty) (Student)

December 16, 2022 (Faculty) (Student)

December 17, 2022 (Faculty) (Student)

December 18, 2022 (Faculty) (Student)

December 19, 2022 (Faculty) (Student)

December 20, 2022 (Faculty) (Student)

December 21, 2022 (Faculty) (Student)

December 22, 2022 (Faculty) (Student)

December 23, 2022 (Faculty) (Student)

December 24, 2022 (Faculty) (Student)

Below is the list of all of the reflections from Advent 2021:

December 22, 2021

December 21, 2021

December 20, 2021

December 19, 2021

December 18, 2021

December 17, 2021

December 16, 2021

December 15, 2021

December 14, 2021

December 13, 2021

December 12, 2021

December 11, 2021

December 10, 2021

December 9, 2021

December 8, 2021

December 7, 2021

December 6, 2021

December 5, 2021

December 4, 2021

December 3, 2021

December 2, 2021

December 1, 2021

November 30, 2021

November 29, 2021

November 28, 2021


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