What is Advent?
Advent is a season of preparation before Christmas. It is a time to lay aside all the business of the season – carol singing, bazaars, pageants, parties, shopping and school concerts – and remember the true meaning of Christmas. That is why we celebrate Advent for the four weeks before Christmas. Advent means ‘coming’ or ‘arrival’ and refers to the coming of Jesus. In Advent we see a threefold coming of the Messiah:
1. A celebration of His first coming – born to Mary as her Son, Jesus.
2. Preparation for His second coming at the end of the world as judge.
3. Celebration of His coming into our hearts through rebirth.
Here at HCC we follow the tradition of lighting the Advent Wreath candles each week. This year the weekly themes observed will be:
First Advent Week: Expectation of Hope – observed on Friday, December 1st
Second Advent Week: Preparation of Peace – observed on Friday, December 8th
Third Advent Week: Proclamation and Joy – observed on Friday, December 15th
Fourth Advent Week: Revelation and Peace – observed on Friday, December 22nd
The Advent Wreath with lighted candles is a graphic reminder that Jesus is the light of the world. You will note that there are 3 purple candles, 1 pink candle a white one in the center. These colors – from dark to light – reflect the meaning of the Scripture found in Isaiah 9:2 which says, “The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light.
They lived in a land of shadows, but now light is shining on them.”
Week by week, as we progress through Advent, the colored candles reflect our movement towards the Light.
The evergreen symbolizes the eternal life which Christ offers, and the circle represents Christ’s unending presence with us.