From The Editor: The following is an excerpt from the Campus Ministry Newsletter.
Last week, as we observed Founder’s Week, we also marked the beginning of Advent. Many people have the same question every year pertaining to this liturgical season. Exactly what does Advent mean?
Stemming from the Latin word advenire meaning “to arrive,” Advent has the generic sense of coming or arriving and has several different religious meanings. First, it reminds us of the coming of the Messiah, foretold in the Old Testament.
Furthermore, it calls us to remember and always stay vigilant for the second coming of Jesus Christ as our judge at the end of time. Thirdly, it is the season where Christians everywhere await the coming of the Christ at Christmas.
As such, Advent is an excellent time to center our lives in Christ and to remember what it means to call ourselves Christian, a follower of the Anointed One.
At Xaverian, there are a number of opportunities for the community to enter into the Advent season. Remembering Christ’s call to pray always, especially in community, people have the opportunity to attend morning prayer in the chapel each and every day, as well as SpiritHawk every Thursday evening.
In addition, the Sacrament of Reconciliation will be available on Wednesday, December 15. Answering Christ’s call to serve our brothers and sisters in need, the Santa Hawk toy drive will run from Monday, November 29 until Friday, December 17. Toy donations, which provide gifts for families at over nine social service agencies in the Boston area, can be left in Santa Hawk’s den outside the Campus Ministry center.
Furthermore, X-ACT on Wednesdays and Christmas in the City on December 19 give the Xaverian community the occasions to not just be hearers of the Word of God but “a doer who acts.” (James 1:25)