ADVENT & CHRISTMAS JOY
Beginning the Church's liturgical year, Advent (from, "ad-venire" in Latin or "to come to") is the season encompassing the four Sundays and weekdays leading up to the celebration of Christmas. The Advent season is a time of preparation that directs our hearts and minds to the Incarnation and Christ's return.
While our spiritual focus remains on cultivating quiet moments for reflection and preparing our hearts for the coming of Christ on Christmas, we do also make time for festive celebrations. Cultivating joy in our lives, along with hope, love, and peace is an important element of the Season of Advent.
Week I: Prayerful Hearts
Week II: Generous and Joyful Hearts
Our Chapel is open & available for personal prayer for students and employees, as well as classroom visits to our Advent Wreath and Nativity.
Hanging of the Greens Prayer at HomE
Nativity. We invite families to use this Hanging of the Greens Prayer Service as they begin decorating to call to mind the rich, spiritual symbolism of our Christmas decorations. Feel welcome to adapt the program to your family!
Advent Prayer Service for Parents
Join us on Thursday, November 30 at 8:00 am in the Chapel for "A Hanging of the Greens Prayer Service.”
Advent Lessons and CAROLS
Sunday, December 10, 4:00 - 5:30 pm. Please join us for this enchanting service, that weaves together scripture readings that tell the story of the birth of Christ, accompanied by uplifting musical interludes and congregational singing. Let the melodies and messages guide you through the journey of hope, peace, joy, and love as the community comes together to usher in the spirit of Christmas. Featuring student musicians from each division, faculty, staff, and adult members of our community.
Feast of St. Nicholas (December 6) and Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe (December 12)
We find special and simple ways to acknowledge these holy days in the life of our Church. Due to the 2-Hour Delay on December 6, in Lower and Middle School, the celebration of the Feast of St. Nicholas will take place on December 5.
SRPA Christmas Decorating Day
Thursday, November 30, 8:00 am–12:00 pm. Help transform Hamilton House, the Mater Center, and the divisions into a beautiful holiday wonderland. Stay for an hour or all morning long! We will begin with a “Hanging of the Greens Prayer Service” in the Chapel, immediately followed by the transformation of the School into a beautiful holiday wonderland. Volunteers are still needed, please sign up here. To join the committee, please email Caroline Schropp, Hamilton House Christmas Decorating Chair.
Breakfast with Santa
Saturday, December 2, 9:30 am–12:00 pm. The Mater Center. $25 per family (Includes family photo with Santa and a treat.) Space is limited. To be added to the waitlist or if you have questions, please contact: Michael Anne Cullen '95, Director of Alumnae Relations & Chief Elf, 301.657.4322 ext. 1608
prosecco and poinsettias
Thursday, December 14, 7:00 – 9:00 pm, Matan Cafe. Join Stone Ridge moms for a little bubbly and good cheer to toast the holidays and the New Year! This is a wonderful opportunity to share some fellowship with other SR moms. Please RSVP by Tuesday, December 12. Questions? Please contact Lisa Monroe, SRPA President.
Friday, December 15: Feast Wishes is a celebration organized by the students, primarily the senior class, for the faculty and staff and enjoyed by the entire K-12 student body. The event includes prayer and musical performances and is a way to usher us into Christmas break on the last day before it begins. More information to follow.
Upper School students accessorize their dress uniform with the following colored sweaters:
4th Ac: White Sweaters with red tights
3rd Ac: Green, preferably Hunter Green
2nd Ac: Red
1st Ac: Yellow
December 24, 8 pm, Hamilton House Chapel. Please RSVP.
- Students will participate in and lead Advent prayer in the Chapel.
- Dec 8: LS/MS Mass for Solemnity of Immaculate Conception, 8:15 am
- Dec 14: Pajama Day in solidarity with our Generous Hearts at Advent giving
- SRPA: Dec 14: Lunchtime Christmas Celebration
- Weekly Advent Prayer Assembly & Daily Advent Advisory Reflection
- Dec 8: LS/MS Mass for Solemnity of Immaculate Conception, 11:30 am
Middle School Student Council Sponsored Events:
- Dec 5: St. Nicholas Day Treat Sponsored by MS Student Council
Dec 5: Advisory Door Decorating
Dec 8: Patagonia Quintet Christmas Concert in Roberts Theater
Dec 11-15: Advent Angels
Dec 14: Accessorize-your-kilt for Christmas
Dec 14: Lunchtime Christmas Celebration from SRPA
Dec 15: Advisory Breakfast & Advent Angel Gift-Giving
- Dec 14: Lunchtime Christmas Celebration
Advent Prayer & Activities
- Dec 8 - Mass for Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, 9:15 am
- Advent Wreath Making & Advent Assembly Prayers
- Attitude of Gratitude Calendar
- Dec 15: Lunchtime Christmas Celebration