If you are new to the Anglican Church, you might wonder why all the hubbub about Advent. Advent begins on the fourth Sunday before Christmas Day and ends on Christmas Eve. The first Sunday in Advent is also the first Sunday in the new church year.
But, what is the point of Advent in the church calendar? The word Advent means Coming. In the four weeks before Christmas, the church celebrates the first coming of Christ and anticipates His coming again. You will notice the Scripture readings during Advent contain both Old Testament passages that refer to the expected Messiah, and New Testament passages that speak of Jesus coming again to judge all people.
Often, Christians follow a four-week plan of praying and scripture-reading during Advent. The prayers focus on personal devotion, commitment, submission and repentance, and turning toward God.
You may notice in Advent that the church–and the priests–are adorned in the color purple. Purple represents penitence and fasting, and also signifies the royalty of King Jesus.
At St. Augustine’s, you’ll see the Advent wreath by the altar. The circle of the wreath represents God’s love – no beginning or end. The greens of the wreath symbolize eternal life. The candles represent the light of God through the coming of Jesus.
Many Christian families make a wreath for home and light a candle each Sunday during the four weeks of Advent. During this time, you can have a short devotion and prayer together.
As in the past, each family will receive an Advent devotional book produced by Trinity School for Ministry. You may also access the devotionals on-line by clicking here.
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Perhaps you would like to know more about Advent. ChurchYear.Net provides Advent history, prayers, resources, and more. You can access the website by clicking here.