Here is a list of some of the basic words, images, facts, and practices of Advent and Christmas.
*the word "Christmas" is a combination of two words "Christ" and "Mass."
*the word "Nativity" is often used at this time of year. It means "birth" and refers to the Birth of Jesus.
*Advent is the preparation period before Christmas. We prepare for the coming of Jesus 1) in time, 2) at the end of time, and 3) into our hearts here and now.
*Jesus (a form of the name Joshua) means "savior."
*a commonly used title for Jesus during Advent is "emmanuel." This means God-with-us in Hebrew.
*the Eucharist figures in the stories of Jesus' birth. He was born in Bethlehem which means "house of bread;" He was placed in a manger which is the feeding place for cattle. He is our Bread of Life.
*gold symbolizes the kingship of Jesus, frankincense symbolizes the divinity of Jesus, and myrrh symbolizes the death of Jesus.
|Children's Pageant at St. Benedict's|
Christmas Eve, 2014