Preparing for the coming of JesusFamily Devotional:Prayers, Readings and Lighting the Advent Wreath
Week 1: Hope (purple)
Week 2: Peace (purple)
Week 3: Joy (rose)
Week 4: Love (purple)
Christmas Eve: Christ (white)
What is Advent?Advent comes from the Latin word Adventus meaning “the coming”, but the coming of what? It is a preparation for the coming of Christ in three ways:
When is Advent?Advent is the New Year celebration for the Church seasons (happy new year!!). It begins 4 Sundays before the feast of Christ’s Mass, or Christmas (always December 25th).
The origin of the Advent Season dates from the 6th century AD. The Church used collects and lessons during this season to prepare the Church atmosphere and teaching of Christmas.
What do we do in Advent season?Advent is a season of preparation. Just as we prepare for the Easter Resurrection during Lent, so we also prepare for the coming birth of Christ during Advent.
Advent colors are typically violet, but dark blue is also appropriate – connoting a humble preparation for the coming of Christ. As Jesus humbled himself to be born of a woman so to become man, we are to humble ourselves in preparation for Our Lord and Savior’s arrival.
How to Keep Advent Season at Home:
The Advent WreathAn Advent wreath is a ring of evergreen holding four candles. The circle symbolizes God’s everlasting love for His creation, and the evergreens represent Christ’s gift of eternal life. The light of each candle represents the light that Christ brings to the World. On Christmas day, a white candle is lit in the center of the wreath to announce the birth of Christ who is the Light of the World. As you (and your family) gather daily for prayer, begin by lighting one candle the first week, two candles the second week, three the third week and so on. Advent is a season of preparation, and each week has a subtheme to help us prepare:
Week 1: 1st candle: HOPEWeek 2: 2nd candle: LOVE Week 3: 3rd candle: JOY Week 4: 4th candle: PEACE Christmas Eve: Christ-Candle: SALVATION
Printed copies of Advent - Preparing for the Coming of Jesus, are available at Christ the Redeemer. Contact the church for a copy or pick one up on Sunday!