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WHAT IS ADVENT AND WHAT DO THE CANDLES ON OUR ADVENT WREATH MEAN?? CLICK TO FIND OUT

Posted on Mon, Nov 26, 2018

Advent is a season of the church year during which we prepare our hearts for Christ's coming.

 

 

What is Advent and what do the candles on our Advent wreath mean?

 

Advent is a season of the church year during which we prepare our hearts for Christ's coming.

Advent is the beginning of the liturgical year for Christians. [Liturgical -- from liturgy, which means the forms and functions of public worship.] The dates of Advent vary each year, but it always contains the four Sundays before Christmas Day. This year Advent starts on December 2nd, 2018.

The season of Advent began being observed around the fourth century of Christianity. In recent years, Protestant churches have begun to reclaim that part of their history by observing Advent.

The Advent wreath, four candles on a wreath of evergreen, is shaped in a perfect circle to symbolize the eternity of God. 

The lighting of the first candle symbolizes hope, the second symbolizes love, the third joy and the fourth peace. The Christ candle is lit on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day reminding Christians that Jesus is the light of the world.

Advent's primary message is to wait, listen, get in touch with God, and prepare our lives and hearts for Jesus' coming. For speeded up, stressed out people (that would be most of us), this is an intriguing invitation. Observe Advent -- and get more in touch with God.

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