By Br Emmanuel Flores, LC
“Hmm… What should we sing about in the Christmas concert this year? Hope! Brilliant! We will prepare the Christmas Novena Concert around the virtue of hope because the concert is all about Advent and Advent is all about hoping and waiting for the Lord… and how much this world needs hope.”
With these lines of inspiration we began working on our much awaited for annual Christmas Novena Concert to be held Saturday, December 16th . The Concert was built around the virtue of Hope.
Told through the experience of different characters of the traditional Christmas narrative, and with songs accompanying the reflections of each of the characters, the seminarians presented how we are to live Advent in the best way possible. Advent is a preparation for Christmas and the coming of Christ, who is the fulfillment of our deepest hopes and desires: peace, purpose in life, and joy.
We experienced the longing for God of the Wise Man, the anxieties of a stressful job that the Inn-keeper presented, the searching for joy of the Shepherd and the fears and troubles of St Joseph as he sought a place for the Messiah to be born. All of them, as many of us, found the answer to their troubles in Christ Jesus, the God among us. The hopes of Advent are fulfilled in the joys of Christmas.
There was standing room only at the concert and after sharing an experience of the hopes of Advent and the joys of Christmas, we all rejoiced together with some coffee, hot chocolate and cookies at the reception after the concert.