first week, two candles the second week, three the third week and four the last week. The candles remind us that Jesus, the Light of the World, gets
closer and closer as Christmas approaches."
Cast members then gathered at the altar to light the Advent wreath candles with holy Christmas music in the background.
The audience experienced a treat for the eyes and ears as they watched scenes that started with the announcement of the birth of St. John the
Baptist, the Angel Gabriel appears to Mary, and Mary shares her news with Joseph, and ending with the birth of Jesus, the shepherds follow the star, and the Magi visit the newborn king.
"The First Noel" wouldn't have been complete without special lighting that created the North Star on a wall above the altar and the cute and
cuddly plush sheep with their shepherds. The afternoon ended with the playing of the "Hallelujah Chorus" and "The First Noel." All children in attendance received an Advent calendar and a small Nativity decoration.
It was so beautifully done that this writer shed a few tears that trickled over a smile during the scene where Mary presents Joseph with the new
baby. He looked on with utter amazement, joy and love. I couldn't help but equate that moment to when my husband and I laid eyes on our two little darlings right after they were born.