Hopeful Anticipation Advent About this Life Night Every year it seems that “preparation” for Christmas begins a little earlier; “after-Thanksgiving sales” now start on Thanksgiving, people race to complete their Christmas shopping months in advance, and the onslaught of holiday activities seems endless. In between Christmas concerts, plays, and cookie baking it can be easy to forget the season of Advent. This liturgical season is a blessed time of waiting for Christ, and calls to mind the incredible reality of the incarnation and looks forward to the time when Christ will come again. This Life Night challenges teens to dive into the season of Advent. The night begins with each teen receiving a gift that they need to wait to open, and a video from Busted Halo that gives an engaging overview of the season of Advent. The Proclaim will provide teens with a basis for understanding the season of Advent and how it can impact us spiritually. During the Break teens split into separate grade levels for discussion. The night closes with a reflection on the Annunciation and a time of prayer that gives teens an opportunity to turn their hopes and anticipations over to Christ. Goal of This Night The teens will examine how the hopeful anticipation of the season of Advent compares to their own feelings regarding their hopes and dreams for the future. They will be encouraged not to wish to speed time up or “fast-forward” into their future, but to enjoy the time of anticipation as a gift from God that helps prepare us for the future and reminds us to prepare for the coming of Christ. Catechism # 522 - 524 # 1095 # 2619 # 670 Scripture Luke 1:26 -56 Romans 15:12 -13 Isaiah 11:1 -10 Zephaniah 3:14 -17 Key Concepts Advent is a season for Christians to intentionally remember their need for God to come again in their lives. Advent is a time that is filled with anticipation, and therefore filled with vision and opportunity. It is a time to imagine what is possible in the limitless world of personal interaction with a loving God. Mary’s hopeful anticipation after the Annunciation and Visitation was captured in one of the most beautiful prayers in Scripture: the Magnificat. End of Free Preview Thanks for reviewing this Life Night! If you would like the full verison of this resource please sign in. If you are signed in and still can't download this resource, please contact parish support in the chat below.