St Paul’s school (Milton Keynes) held their an annual Advent service on the 7 Dec 2016 and this year they based it on CAFOD’s Advent service.
Anne Hoskins (Chaplain) writes :
Our annual Advent Service was a very spiritual occasion. We used as a basis for our liturgy an adaptation of the Advent Service produced by CAFOD. We were very privileged too to be able to borrow the Diocesan Lampedusa Cross which has been wildly used in parishes and schools across the diocese. This was the centrepiece of our service. It was placed together with a child’s life jacket.
The Lampedusa Crosses were made by a carpenter, Francesco Tuccio, from the small Italian island of Lampedusa. When hundreds of refugees who were fleeing Eritrea and Somalia drowned off the coast of Lampedusa, he was moved to gather the driftwood from the wrecked boats and turn them into crosses, which he offered to survivors as a small but powerful symbol of hope. CAFOD in turn sent one of these crosses to each of the Cathedrals in England and Wales.
Students, parents and staff joined in the service and also completed the Lampedusa Cross pledge cards expressing gestures of love this Advent, keeping in mind that the Holy family were refugees as well. The service gave us all a real opportunity for quiet reflection on the true meaning of Advent in the busy lives that we lead.
You can still order cards to write your messages of hope or do it online. Do use our interactive Advent calendar which has a reflection and prayer for every day and why not download our Advent service.