The second of our Advent liturgies, led by Year 4, reminded us of the journey that Mary and Joseph had to make to Bethlehem. Through a mixture of readings, prayers and hymns, we were all encouraged to think about our own special journey during Advent as we prepare our hearts for the coming of our saviour, Jesus Christ. As we lit the Candle of Peace, we remembered that Jesus is always with us and then we listened quietly to a reading from Luke’s Gospel.
A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Luke. At that time the Emperor Augustus ordered a census to be taken throughout the Roman Empire. When the first census took place, Quirinius was the governor of Syria. Everyone, then, went to register himself, each to his own town. Joseph went from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to the town of Bethlehem in Judea, the birthplace of Kind David. Joseph went there because he was a descendent of David. He went to register with Mary, who was promised in marriage to him. She was pregnant, and while they were in Bethlehem, the time came for her to have her baby. She gave birth to her first son, wrapped him in strips of cloth and laid him in a manger – there was no room for them to stay in the inn.
In Advent we remember God’s promise of peace. And as the liturgy came to a close, the whole school took a few moments to reflect on how we could all use the remaining time of Advent to show love and forgiveness to others so that we can all enjoy a peaceful world.