• An Advent ring?

    I was walking on the snow-covered streets of Old Town Prague last week making my way to a meeting of the Conference of Czech Rectors of which I am a member. The streets are now alive with wooden huts full of speciality items for the Christmas markets – Glühwine, Old Prague Pork, various delicacies, bright glass baubles, silly knick-knack items for stocking fillers and of course, wreaths of greenery with four bright coloured candles – purple, red, blue or gold – for this Advent season. They sell well, but here is the irony of the Czech Advent ring: there is no central white candle. The four weeks of Advent are…

  • Oh, Christmas Tree, oh, Christmas Tree

    The Christmas tree was decorated Friday morning in the IBTS courtyard. The weather was quite cold but our brave students came along to welcome the holidays at the seminary. Pretty Christmas-tree decorations and tinsels were placed on a tree under the attack of snow balls from some of the students. The decorating time became a play where everyone could make their own contribution on decorating the tree and in the same time to have fun chasing each other with snow balls. The cold weather was seldom felt as the joy warmed our hearts that Christmas will soon be here.     – Zhenya