In recognition of the season of the season of Lent, Saint John's High School is sharing weekly reflections with the school community. Dean of Students and former Director of Campus Ministry Carlton Galligan composed prayers and reflections, which can be found and downloaded below.

Weekly Advent Reflections

Christmas Reflection

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    God, come to my assistance, and make haste to help me. Glory to the Father, to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.

    Scripture—Matthew 10:5a,22
    Jesus said to his disciples: “...You will be hated by all because of my name, but whoever endures to the end will be saved.

    The Scriptures were accustomed to hearing at the various Christmas liturgies bring to mind familiar [almost archetypal] images of shepherds, animals, manger, starry sky, and the like—and churches are relatively full for Masses celebrated on the 24th and 25th of December. Not so much on the 26th—but the readings pronounced on that day each year, the feast of Saint Stephen, are about as far from romantic and comforting as one can get. In fact, the juxtaposition of the Scriptures selected for Christmas and those selected for the feast of the rst Christian martyr cannot have been mere coincidence: Christs entry into the world forces a choice in each of us, a choice that will cost each of us everything, for which Stephen is the exemplar.

    Ive known a number of exemplarsthus far. My maternal grandparents owned fourteen apartment houses, and they forgave rent when tenants were on hard times. A former student sent me emails during tours of duty in Afghanistan, where he spent most days searching for land mines left behind by the Soviets in the 70’s—which still kill ten unsuspecting children each day when they go out to play. My sister and her husband have put o buying a house for themselves, in order to buy a house for my brother-in-laws parents—whod lived in a eld in West Africa without any shelter until they were nearly 60 years old. Theres also the lobby maid, then age 75, at the hotel in Providence where I worked one summer as a bellhop during college, who arrived each day by cab to scoop cigare e bu s from ashtrays and wipe-up spilled cocktails in the lounge, so that she could continue paying rent for the apartment she shared with her daughter and grandchildren across town.

    Perhaps you, too, know some modern-day Stephens. People into whose lives Christ has evidently been born, people ready to give it all in response to Christmas.

    Into Your hands, Lord, I commend my spirit. Protect me, Lord, as I stay awake; watch over me at rest—that awake, I may keep watch with You; and at rest, rest in Your peace. Amen.

Schoolwide Advent Prayer Service

Advent Prayer Service 2016