Advent

Related to exploring faith during Advent

  • We hope that you’re enjoying this Monday during Christmastide! Some of you are still on vacation and others are back to work/regular routine. However you are entering this week, know that you are loved!


  • Happy Winter Solstice! Today marks the shortest day of the year. It’s the day with fewest sunlight hours...the day our hemisphere is tilted farthest from the sun.


  • It’s the week of JOY! 

     

    Maybe that word feels overwhelming or elusive...or maybe it feels like an invitation. Even if it’s difficult, I encourage you to see it as invitation just for today.


  • Peace might feel like an elusive state of being...a thing we long for and yet feels so far beyond our grasp. So here’s the invitation: find a moment, or two. And allow that moment to soak in, deep into your bones. Allow that moment to hold you, carry you, and offer you solace. 


  • Yesterday, we celebrated the First Sunday of Advent, and we lit the candle of hope.  We believe that there is hope to be found in the minutes, hours, and days ahead.


Advent is a season of spiritual preparation for the celebration of the birth of Christ (Christmas) and looks forward to the future reign of Christ. Eschatological expectation rather than personal penitence is the central theme of the season. Advent is a preparation for rather than a celebration of Christmas, so Advent hymns should be sung instead of Christmas carols. The first Sunday of Advent is not the beginning of the Christmas season. The Christmas celebration begins on Christmas Eve and continues for the next "twelve days of Christmas."

 

Purple is normally Advent's liturgical color, associated both with the sovereignty of Christ and with penitence. Deep Blue is also sometimes used to distinguish the season from Lent. As the color of the night sky, Blue symbolizes Christ who in one ancient Advent song is called the "Dayspring" or source of day. As the color associated with Mary, Blue also reminds us that during Advent the church waits with Mary for the birth of Jesus.