Saturday, 14 January 2012

Advent Youth Stay Awake – St Leonards – on - Sea

Youthful Reflections
Emma Moon reports from St Thomas of Canterbury & English Martyrs, St Leonards-on-Sea: On the eve of the fourth Sunday of Advent, 14 young people gathered together to spend a night, both reflecting on the true meaning of Christmas and preparing for the Celebration.

We began by watching a short video clip titled “the social network Christmas” which was very current and focused. Time was spent together in friendship; decorating candle holders, making stain glass windows and origami stars, watching a movie and sharing a midnight feast.

In the early hours of the morning, Christingles were assembled for a service in the church, the candlelight was a powerful contrast to the darkness, and time was spent afterwards at several prayer stations.

We thought about the words spoken by Mary in her prayer of the Magnificat, the faith and trust that she had in God. We thought about what each of us had been called to do during our lives, and how we had responded. We looked at bible texts and prophecies on the birth of Jesus and interpreted them artistically, and as many of us were wrapped up to keep warm, we thought about how it must have been for the Holy Family, staying in a stable.

We celebrated Mass at dawn with Fr Ian and then gave into the temptation of bacon rolls before heading homewards.

During the following afternoon, some of us returned to the church to help the Children’s Liturgy group with their own Christingle service, starting with a procession into the church. We listened to readings, and thought about the empty crib that would soon be filled, we sang together and prayed our intercessions.

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