The time of preparation for Christmas. Traditional a time
to decorate the house and Christmas tree. A time to buy presents and send
cards. In the Church it is a time to prepare hearts and souls for the
message of Christmas day.
Meaning of Advent
Advent is a Christian festival leading up to Christmas.
The name advent means coming or arrival. It is a time when Christians are
encouraged to remember not only that Jesus came into the world in
Palestine 2000 years ago but that Jesus also promised one day to return in
all His glory. Christians should prepare their hearts and souls for the
time when Christ will return.
When does advent start?
Advent starts on the first Sunday after Saint Andrew's day
(November 30th) and continues through the next four Sundays that will lead
up to Christmas day. Traditionally we are encouraged to think on four
things as Christmas approaches (see below).
What do the four Sundays in advent represent?
Each Sunday in advent has a theme to be pondered on during
the season. In many churches candles (either red or purple) are lit on
these four Sundays, and a fifth (white) candle is lit on Christmas day.
The four themes (traditionally) are:
God's people - the advent hope.
The old testament prophets
John the Baptist
Mary the mother of Jesus