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The Season of Advent

Advent is a twofold character, as a season to prepare for Christmas when Christ’s first coming to us is
remembered and as a season when that remembrance directs the mind and heart to await Christ’s Second
Coming at the end of time. Advent is thus a period for devout and joyful expectation.

Placing four candles on green fronds has become a symbol of Advent in many Christian homes especially in Germanic countries and in North America – we do so in Church each year. The Advent wreath with its progressive lighting of four candles each Sunday until Christmas, is a recollection of the various stages of salvation prior to Christ’s coming and a symbol of the prophetic light gradually illuminating the long night prior to the rising of the Sun of Justice (Malachi 3:20; Luke 1:18).