St. John Neumann students learn through Advent

By Joyce Baca Anderson, Principal
The third through eighth grade students at St. John Neumann Catholic School in Pueblo decorated a three-foot Christmas tree for Bishop Berg.  The students made ornaments which are all symbols of the Christian faith. 

This type of ornament is called a “chrismon.”  Chrismons are traditionally white and gold.  White is the liturgical color for Christmas and symbolizes that Jesus was pure and perfect while gold symbolizes his majesty and glory.  The school’s chrismon tree is decorated with gold and white crosses, stars, the alpha and omega, fish, the symbol for the trinity, angel and the manger. 

The students have also marked each week of Advent by beginning each week with a prayer service to light the Advent wreath candle.  All the students and staff form a circle around the wreath. The circular formation is symbolic of God’s love that has no beginning and no end, the pine branches never lose their leaves or color, just as God’s love can never die.