Advent begins the journey to the City of Bethlehem. For many churches, it marks the beginning of a new Liturgical Year. Since the early days of the Church, Christians have used this time to prepare spiritually for the celebration of the Feast of the Incarnation—The Birth of the Christ-Child in the Stable at Bethlehem.
The word Advent means coming and has three aspects to it:
the coming of Jesus as Redeemer into our world;
the coming of Jesus as Lord into the life of the Christian;
the coming of Jesus as Lord and Saviour at the end of time.
Advent is marked by a spirit of expectation, anticipation, preparation, and longing.
Advent is a busy time with lots of things and people to remember. A time of emotional complexity with all of the expectations and challenges of family and relationships. With so much going on, around us and within us, this beautiful season of reflecting and meditating can just pass us by. Before we know it, Christmas-Eve is upon us!
Make time this Advent to follow some of the deep spiritual themes that are at the heart of this Holy Season. Journey with some of the people that appear in the Advent scriptures and allow them to take you on a journey of discovery; to meet the God who never tires of coming to meet us wherever we are, whatever may be going on in our lives.
“O Emmanuel, king and lawgiver, desire of the nations, Saviour of all people, come and set us free, Lord our God.” Isaiah 7:14
First Advent Candle: Hope
Hope is like a light shining in a dark place.
We welcome the Candle of Hope.
As we look at the light of this candle which will is lit today,
we celebrate the hope we have in Jesus Christ as our Lord and Saviour.