Peace be with you!

My name is Nader Ata. I am a Conventual Franciscan Friar of the Our Lady of Angels Province, USA. I am a transitional deacon preparing for Priesthood Ordination in the fall.

Seeking to live with Franciscan Joy each and every day!

*All of photos on this blog were taken by me unless noted otherwise. Please ask permission before using them. Thank You!*

*Also I am not the greatest speller or writer in the world, so please let me know if something is misspelled. Thank you!"


Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Early Christmas Sightings Part 2 of 2

As promised here are more photos of Early Christmas Sightings! The five murals below are ones that I found in the Preschool.
 The Annunciation to Mary (Luke 1:26-38)
 The Trip to Bethlehem (Luke 2: 1-5)
 The Birth of Jesus (Luke 2:6-7)
 The Magi (Matthew 2:1-13)
 The Shepherds (Luke 2:8-20)
 Above is the Bridge that was used during the week of St. Francis and now has been turned into a nativity scene. Below is a tree made of wood pieces without leaves that is across from them bridge.
 The next set of photos revolve around an idea that I had for Christmas Decorations - originally only for the Language Lab. The idea is a way to combine Thanksgiving and Christmas.  With the approval of the Doña Rosario and the English Department all of the students wrote done things that they would like to thank God for during the Christmas Season on pieces of paper. The students could write whatever they wanted, in what language the wanted and how they wanted. Then I linked their thanksgivings together to make chain of gracias. I soon found out that 470+ pieces of paper would over power the Language Lab, thus they were put near the big Nativity Scene at the entrance of the Primary School.
Above are the chains made from the scraps of paper in the Language Lab, you can also see the Merry Christmas sign in the left of the photo. Below you can see the other sign that I put up as well Seasons Greetings.
The next three photos are of the final result of the decorations. The four chains in the middle are of the student's thanksgivings and the two outer chains have the various names of Jesus (Prince of Peace, Light of the World, Mighty God, etc) and the feasts present in the Church during the Advent and Christmas seasons - written in English. I like that the chains are leading towards the Manger Scene, it is as though the school is laying down their thanksgivings at the feet of Baby Jesus.
Below is a close-up of some the papers that the students decorated.
And here is a close-up photo of the Manger Scene, but these chains have the various names of Jesus (Príncipe de Paz, Luz del Mundo, Dios Poderoso, etc) and the feasts present in the Church during the Advent and Christmas seasons; but written in Spanish.
 The students were not the only ones who write their thanksgivings, the teachers and staff did as well.
Above is the note that Teacher Yoli wrote for me in Spanish and below is the final product present in the teacher's room.

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