The parish of St Charles Borromeo in Tunapuna held its annual Christmas concert on December 16, 2010. The children of the First Communion and Pre-First Communion classes were second to perform, and delivered a presentation entitled “The Living Advent Wreath”.
The presentation opened with three of our First Communion girls, beautifully clad in traditional parang dress, performing a dance to the music of Chantez Noel. This was followed by our Pre-First Communion tiny mites, all dressed in green, forming a circle on the altar representing the Advent wreath.
Four children portrayed the Advent candles; three dressed in purple, and one in pink. One child was also dressed in white to represent the light of Christ. The actual presentation began with two of the children together with one of our catechists, performing a narrative on the meaning of Advent. This was followed by the entrance, into the centre of the wreath, of each candle in order of the week of Advent being represented.
As the child portraying a candle entered the wreath, he/she read a short verse explaining its meaning, and was symbolically lit by our costumed candle lighter. This was followed by an appropriate reading and Christmas carol, sang by our First Communion choir. This sequence continued until all the candles were in the centre of the wreath. To close the presentation, all participants joined in singing Away in a manger.
This was a beautiful, meaningful, and very touching presentation from the youngest members of our parish, and truly brought joy to the hearts of all present. – Suburban Vicariate Catechists