Season of Advent

Advent in Latin means "to come." 

Advent is the first season in the church year, comprising the four weeks before Christmas.

 

The coming to earth of humanity's redeemer represents the focus and principal theme of the Advent season.  Advent draws our worship attention both toward the long-awaited birth of Jesus at Bethlehem and to the Second Advent when Christ will return to judge the living and the dead.

 

The Church has observed Advent as a period of preparation for Christmas since the middle of the fifth century.  Also during Advent, a wreath of four candles are used during the four weeks.  One candle is lit each Sunday in Advent until all four are lit.  The symbolism of the Advent wreath is of waiting and watchfulness during these weeks of preparation.

 

The Paraments are the color blue during the weeks of Advent.  Blue suggests hope in the midst of our struggles and in a world of darkness.