My Time with Jesus – Advent

My Time with Jesus – Advent


[♪] Children:♪ In this time, ♪♪ my time with You, Jesus, ♪♪ I learn so many lessons ♪♪ and You fill me ♪♪ with Your light. ♪♪ In this time, ♪♪ my time with You, Jesus, ♪♪ I learn so many lessons ♪♪ and You fill me ♪♪ with your light. ♪Christine:♪ My name ♪♪ is Christine ♪♪ and I am the oldest. ♪♪ If you read the Gospels, ♪♪ you’ll know and love ♪♪ the Lord. ♪Eva: ♪ I am Eva. ♪♪ I want to be your friend. ♪♪ Come and pray with us ♪♪ and to Jesus, every day. ♪Children:♪ In this time, ♪♪ my time with You, Jesus, ♪♪ I learn so many lessons ♪♪ and You fill me ♪♪ with your light. ♪♪ In this time, ♪♪ my time with You, Jesus, ♪♪ I learn so many lessons ♪♪ and You fill me ♪♪ with Your light. ♪Enrique:♪ My name is Enrique, ♪♪ I have paper and pen. ♪♪ The Church teaches us ♪♪ how we will enter heaven. ♪Joseph: ♪ I am Joseph ♪♪ and I love to read, ♪♪ remembering what ♪♪ we have learned ♪♪ really helps our faith ♪♪ grow each day. ♪Children:♪ In this time, ♪♪ my time with You, Jesus, ♪♪ I learn so many lessons ♪♪ and You fill me ♪♪ with Your light. ♪♪ In this time, ♪♪ my time with You, Jesus, ♪♪ I learn so many lessons ♪♪ and you fill me ♪♪ with Your light. ♪[♪] [♪] Joseph’s Mother: Joseph! Joseph: Yeah, what do you want, Mom? Mother: We’ve got some great news for you. Joseph: Really? Will I like it? Father: You’re going to love it. Your uncle and aunt and cousin Basti are coming this weekend. Joseph: Hurray! Give me five! Mother: That’s why the house has to be perfect. Joseph: Great! And will Basti sleep here? Mother: Yes, he will in the guest room, so it has to be perfectly clean and tidy. Joseph: Will do. I’ll take care of everything. Mother: That’s my boy. Please make the guest bed and tidy the room. Joseph: I’m off. Father: Ha, ha, ha! There’s nothing like giving him an incentive to clean and tidy the guest room. Mother: Yes, Joseph uses that room to play and it’s usually a mess. [♪] Joseph: Books in order. Table clean. Bed made. Hmm… Just a moment. There’s something missing here! I know! [whistle] The Chewing Gum Man comics were missing. I can just imagine Basti’s face when he sees all of this. [♪] Joseph: It’s great that you’re staying over. And this is your room. Voila!! What do you think? Basti: Wow! Everything is clean and neat. Joseph: Yeah, well I prepared the room for you. Basti: What’s that on the pillow? Joseph: See for yourself. Basti: They’re Chewing Gum Man comics!! Joseph: Yep. They’re for you. Basti: That’s… That’s great! Thanks, Joseph. I love them. Enrique’s Mother:Enrique?!Enrique: What, Mom? Mother: Please, comb your hair and put clean clothes on for Mass. Enrique: That’s what I’m doing. Mother: Very good. That’s my boy. You have to prepare yourself properly to go to Mass and receive Jesus. Enrique: Yes, Father Luis says we must prepare our body and our soul. Mother: That’s right. Our body and our soul must be clean. [♪] Enrique: And this is how I’ve prepared myself to receive Jesus. Fr. Luis: Very good, Enrique. We must prepare very well for Sunday Mass. Joseph: Yeah, and I’ve prepared the guest room for my cousin Basti. He was amazed how clean and neat everything was. Fr. Luis: Did you know? This Sunday, Advent begins. Eva: What is Advent? Fr. Luis: Advent consists of the 4 weeks during which Catholics prepare for the birth of Jesus at Christmas and anticipate His Second Coming to judge the living and the dead. Joseph: Like I prepared the room for Basti. Enrique: Like I have prepared myself to receive Jesus in Holy Communion? Fr. Luis: Exactly. During Advent, Catholics prepare for the birth of Jesus. The word Advent means “Coming” and for Christians it refers to the coming of Jesus Christ, who was born in the town of Bethlehem, in a stable. During the 4 weeks of Advent, we prepare our hearts for the coming of Jesus. Joseph: Okay, during Advent we prepare our hearts for the birth of Jesus at Christmas and anticipate His Second Coming to judge the living and the dead. Eva: I love Christmas! Enrique: Right, Eva, you love everything. Joseph: Sure does! [claps] You know what? Enrique: Fire away. Joseph: Chewing Gum Man also prepared himself for the final fight against the evil Zorkum. Chewing Gum Man climbed the highest building in the city to concentrate before the fight. Chewing Gum Man: I’ll concentrate with all my strength and train for the final battle against the evil Zorkum. Evil must be destroyed and, at last, good will prevail. Enrique: Ha ha ha! Come on now! Stop dreaming. Fr. Luis: You see, the Virgin Mary and Saint Joseph also prepared for the birth of Jesus. Do you want to see it? [♪] In fact, Saint Joseph learned that Mary was pregnant and decided to divorce her quietly. Eva: What does ‘divorce her quietly’ mean? Fr. Luis: It means that Saint Joseph was very surprised that Mary was pregnant, but didn’t want anyone to know. Eva: Wow! Fr. Luis: But an angel appeared to him. Look, we can travel to the house of Joseph in our imagination to see the scene. Christine: Those of you at home can come with us, too. You just have to close your eyes and…Christine sings:♪ If you close your eyes ♪♪ and give me your hand, ♪♪ we will travel all together ♪♪ to a faraway land. ♪♪ We’re going to learn ♪♪ about Jesus, ♪♪ our way, our truth ♪♪ and our life, ♪♪ all in the Holy Gospels ♪♪ which fill us ♪♪ with His light. ♪[♪] [♪] Christine: This is the house of Saint Joseph, right, Father Luis? Fr. Luis: Yes. You see, Saint Joseph was a very good man and often prayed to God, but he didn’t understand how Mary could be pregnant. And God sent him an angel to reassure him. [♪] Angel: Joseph, Son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because she has conceived what is in her by the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son and you must name him Jesus, because He will save His people from their sins. Eva: He has told him that Mary is pregnant because of the Holy Spirit, right? Fr. Luis: That’s right. And since then, Mary and Joseph awaited the birth of Jesus with great affection and devotion, working and praying. [♪] Fr. Luis: Saint Joseph knew that Mary was pregnant with the Son of God and would adore Him in the womb of His Mother. Eva: Of course, because Jesus is God. [♪] Fr. Luis: And during Advent, we should also pray, offer small sacrifices and give thanks. We can set aside several moments each day to lift our hearts to God and give Him thanks. We can also prepare our soul with a good confession. Enrique: Okay, I can do that. Christine: Hmmm, okay. I will thank God when I wake up in the morning. [♪] Christine: Jesus, I thank you for a new day and because it will soon be Christmas and you’ll be born in my heart. Eva: I can go to my school chapel and thank God. [footsteps] Jesus, I know You are in the tabernacle. I have come to thank you and ask you to be born in my heart. Fr. Luis: That’s very good, Eva. Okay, shall we go back to the parish hall then? [♪] Enrique: You know what, Father Luis? No matter how hard I think, I can’t think of any sacrifice to make during Advent. Joseph: Seriously? Enrique: Yeah. I’m thinking, but…nothing. I don’t know what to do. Joseph: Well, you could give your extra basketball cards to Arturo, because he’s hardly got any. Enrique: Are you kidding? Those cards are mine. Joseph: But they’re extra cards. Enrique: Yeah, but… they’re really hard to find. Joseph: Well, just think about it. Fr. Luis: And you, Joseph, you could help feed your little brother at dinner time. Joseph: Well, I suppose I could, but… he’s a terrible eater. He wants to start with the dessert and he never stops fidgeting. Fr. Luis: Ha ha ha! Well, you have to be patient. Eva & Children sing:♪ I believe Jesus ♪♪ that You are ♪♪ in the tabernacle ♪♪ very close to me ♪♪ in every Catholic Church. ♪♪ Thank You, good Jesus ♪♪ for remaining with us, ♪♪ living with us forever ♪♪ right by our side. ♪[♪][birds sing]Christine: Hello, friends. We are in the chapel at Sister Lucia’s convent and she will help us pray before the Blessed Sacrament in the tabernacle. Sr. Lucia: Okay, Christine. We can start by making the Sign of the Cross with holy water. “In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen” Children: Amen. Eva: Sister Lucia? Sr. Lucia: Go ahead, Eva. Eva: Father Luis has told us that Advent is a time to prepare for the First and Second Coming of Jesus. Enrique: Right. Jesus will be born at Christmas. Sr. Lucia: Exactly. During Advent, we prepare our souls with prayers and our body with small sacrifices. In that way, we are telling Jesus that we want Him to be born in our hearts. Eva: That’s great. Sr. Lucia: Would you like to learn a very beautiful prayer to ask Jesus to come into our hearts? [♪] Well, let’s go to the front pew in the chapel. [footsteps] Sr. Lucia: We can start by making the Sign of the Cross. “In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.” Children: “Amen.” Sr. Lucia: Now, we put our hands together and say: Children: Amen. Christine: Jesus, I know You are in the tabernacle and that You always listen to me. I ask you to be born in my heart, just as you were born in the stable in Bethlehem. Amen. [♪] Enrique & Children sing:♪ Our Mother, the Church, ♪♪ has always taught us ♪♪ the road to heaven, ♪♪ ’cause this our goal. ♪♪ All of the saints, ♪♪ all of our traditions ♪♪ are a great treasure ♪♪ that our Mother, our Mother, ♪♪ our Church gives to us. ♪[♪] [♪] Christine: Hello, friends. We are in the forest because today we are going to make an Advent wreath. Eva: Yes. It’s a ring of green branches with four candles, and a purple ribbon. Christine: That’s right. Father Luis will explain this Advent tradition to us. Enrique: Okay, but now we’re going to find green branches. [birds chirping] Eva: Look, that bush is moving. Enrique: It’s probably just a harmless animal. Eva: I’ve seen it, it’s… I think it’s a snake. [birds chirping] Eva: Aaaahhhh!! Christine: Are you sure? Eva: Yes, I saw it with my own two eyes. [♪] Christine: How scary! Tasio: Do snakes eat parrots? Squawk! Enrique: But, of course. Tasio: Tasio is scared! Squawk! Eva: Don’t be scared, kiddo! I think we’re safe here. Joseph: Don’t worry, I’m going to put on my Chewing Gum Man costume and fight the giant snake. [♪] Joseph: Now I will cast my super-cosmic ray and disintegrate you, evil snake. [♪] Eva: Thank you, Joseph, you’re so brave. Christine: Thank goodness you were here. [♪] Enrique: Hey, stop dreaming. I’m going to take this stick and give the snake its due. Joseph: What are you doing? Enrique: I’m going to get that snake out of its hiding place. Joseph: What if it bites you? Enrique: That’s what this stick’s for, right? [♪] Enrique: Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha! Eva: What are you laughing about? Has the snake bitten you? [♪] Enrique: Well, here’s your snake!! Eva: I don’t get it… I… I thought it was… Enrique: A rabbit! It was a rabbit! Christine: Well, that was scary. Come on, let’s go get some green branches and go to the parish to make our Advent wreaths. [♪] Fr. Luis: The Advent wreath is a lovely Christian tradition. Christine: Father Luis, tell us how this custom started. Fr. Luis: Wait and see… [♪] Fr. Luis:The ancientinhabitants of Germany,before Christianity came,made wreaths of green branchesand lit a fireduring the month of December.Enrique:What for?Fr. Luis:As a sign of hopefor the coming of spring.Joseph: It was very cold there, wasn’t it? Fr. Luis: Yes. The winter was very long. Christine: And how did it become a Christian custom? Fr. Luis: Well, it turns out that the early Christians took advantage of this pagan custom to give it a more important meaning. They remembered the words of Jesus when He said… Jesus:“I am the lightof the world;He that follows Meshall not walk in darkness,but shall havethe light of life.”Fr. Luis: The light we turn on in the darkness of winter reminds us of Christ, who overcomes darkness. We, together with Jesus, are also light, as Jesus himself said. [♪] Jesus: You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill-top cannot be hidden. [♪] Eva: Wow! So the candlelight represents Jesus? Fr. Luis: That’s right. In the 16th century, German Catholics and Protestants used this symbol of the wreath to celebrate Advent, because Jesus is the light that has come, is with us and will come again in glory. The candles anticipate the coming of light at Christmas: Jesus Christ. Christine: Father Luis, tell us more about the meaning of the Advent wreath. Fr. Luis: Well, you see… The Advent wreath has a circular shape because the circle has no beginning or end. It is a sign of God’s love, which is eternal, has no beginning or end, and also of our love for God and for others that should never end. Christine: Wow! I didn’t know the circular form meant the love of God. Fr. Luis: Well, yes. But I will tell you more. It is made with green branches into which 4 candles are inserted. Three candles are violet and one is pink. On the first Sunday of Advent we light the first candle and every following Sunday of Advent we light another candle until Christmas arrives. The pink candle is for the third Sunday and represents joy. While the candles are lit, a prayer is said, using some passages from the Bible, and songs are sung. We do this at Advent Masses and it is also a good idea to do it at home, for example, before or after dinner. Joseph: What if we don’t have candles in those colors? Enrique: Right, what do we do then? Fr. Luis: It doesn’t matter. You can use candles of any color. The important thing is the meaning. Enrique: Do they mean that Jesus is the light of the world? Fr. Luis: They make us think of the darkness caused by our sins and the light that represents the salvation that Jesus brings us. Enrique: I see. Christine: Okay, but there’s still one more thing. Enrique: What? Christine: Why did you put a purple ribbon around the wreath? Fr. Luis: This ribbon represents our love for God and the love of God that surrounds us. Enrique: So that means that God’s love for us is lifelong, right? Fr. Luis: Exactly. It means that God loves us very much and is always with us. Christine: How lovely! Fr. Luis: Well, have you all finished your wreaths? Enrique: Yes. It’s been great fun. Fr. Luis: Do you want me to bless them? [♪] Fr. Luis: “Lord God, bless our Advent wreath with your power so that, when we light it, it awakens in us the desire to await the First and Second Coming of Christ, practicing penance, prayer and good works, so that when He comes, we will be accepted in the Kingdom of Heaven. We ask this through Christ our Lord.” Children: “Amen.” Fr. Luis: “May the blessing of Almighty God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit descend upon all these wreaths and upon all who use them to commemorate the First Coming of Jesus into the world and anticipate His Second Coming to judge the living and the dead.” Christine: Thank you, Father Luis. Fr. Luis: You’re welcome. Now go to your houses and you can pray with your parents in front of the wreath. [♪] Christine’s Father: “In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.” Christine & Mother: “Amen.” [♪] Christine’s Father: We light, Lord, this candle, like the person who lights his lamp to go out, at night, to meet the friend who is coming. [♪] Eva’s Mother: “Pour forth, we beseech Thee, O Lord, Thy grace into our hearts that we, to whom the incarnation of Christ, Thy Son, was made (known) through the message of the Angel, may by His Passion and Cross be brought to the glory of His Resurrection. Through the same Christ, our Lord.” Eva & Father: “Amen.” [♪] Enrique’s Mother: “Come, come, Lord, do not delay.” Enrique & Father: Come, we are waiting for you. Joseph’s Father: “Come, Lord, do not delay.” Joseph & Mother: “Come soon, Lord.” [footsteps] Enrique: Hello, Arthur (Arturo). Arturo: Hello, Enrique. Enrique: What are you doing? Arturo: I’m counting my basketball cards. Enrique: And how many do you have? Arturo: Well… I only have ten. Enrique: Well, you know something? [♪] Enrique: I’ve got some good news for you. Arturo: Oh, really? What is it? Enrique: Here, you can have my extra basketball cards. There are more than fifty! Arturo: Well… thanks, Enrique. It’s fantastic! Now I’ve got loads!! Enrique: You’re welcome. Enjoy them. Arturo: You’re a good friend. [♪] Joseph: Hi, Mom. Joseph’s Mother: Hello, Joseph. Joseph: I’ve decided to feed Nicolas dinner every day. Mother: Really? Joseph: Yes. It will be a small sacrifice that I offer Jesus during Advent. Mother: Sounds great to me, Joseph; but it would be better if you gave him a snack to eat. That’s easier. Joseph: Okay, whatever you want. Mother: You’re very generous and very good. [♪] Joseph & Children sing:♪ At the end of this program, ♪♪ let’s take a moment ♪♪ to reflect ♪♪ on what we learned today ♪♪ and how to change our lives. ♪♪ Through Your ♪♪ Catholic Church, ♪♪ dear Jesus, ♪♪ we receive your peace ♪♪ and grace, ♪♪ walking with our Mother Mary ♪♪ until we see you ♪♪ face-to-face. ♪Enrique: Let’s review what we’ve learned. [♪] Christine: Hello, kids. We’re coming to the end of the program and Father Luis is going to help us summarize what we’ve learned. Fr. Luis: Okay, Christine, who starts? Enrique: Me, me, me! Joseph: Okay, man, you start. But don’t forget that I know what we’ve learned, too. Enrique: We’ve learned what Advent is. Fr. Luis: That’s great! And what is it? Enrique: Advent consists of the 4 weeks during which we prepare for the birth of Jesus at Christmas and anticipate His Second Coming to judge the living and the dead. Fr. Luis: And how do we have to prepare ourselves? Enrique: Well, we must prepare our souls with prayers and our body with small sacrifices. Fr. Luis: Very good. These sacrifices are a treasure in the eyes of God. Christine: We’ve also learned a prayer to ask Jesus to come into our hearts. Do you remember? Do you want us to say it? Yes! Okay, put your hands together and say… Fr. Luis: Very good, Christine. It’s a very beautiful prayer. Joseph: And the third thing we’ve learned is the meaning of the Advent wreath. Eva: Yes. The candles represent Jesus, who is the light of the world. Fr. Luis: Very good, Eva. The Advent wreath is a lovely Christian tradition. I see you’ve learned 3 very important things. Christine: Well, friends, until the next program. See you, Bye! [♪] Song:♪ I thank You Lord, ♪♪ my dear Jesus ♪♪ for the many blessings ♪♪ I receive from You. ♪♪ Every day I want to ♪♪ make You very happy ♪♪ in my every thought ♪♪ and in everything I do. ♪♪ You once were a child, Lord, ♪♪ just like me. ♪♪ As I grow, ♪♪ You are with me every day. ♪♪ I give You my mind Lord, ♪♪ my heart and soul too. ♪♪ Give me Your hand Lord, ♪♪ show me the way. ♪[♪]

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