Advent begins today.
May your Christmas this year be more meaningful because of this day-by-day journey through Advent and the Twelve Days of Christmas.
Advent means coming. During the four weeks preceding Christmas, we prepare ourselves for the coming of Christ. It is a time of reflection and spiritual readiness. During these weeks we recall the first Advent when Christ was born in Bethlehem, and prepare ourselves for the second Advent – His return for us at the end of time.
The Advent Wreath
The Advent wreath is the symbol of Jesus’ coming. It is made of evergreen branches, which symbolize the life without end that we find in Jesus. It is made in a circle, a shape which represents everlasting life. The four candles along the edge of the wreath represent Jesus as the Light of the World. Some use white or all red candles. Many use three purple (for 1st, 2nd and 4th Sunday) and one pink one for the 3rd Sunday. Often, a single white candle, called the Christ Candle, stands in the center and is lit on Christmas Day.
The 1st Week in Advent
On the first Sunday in Advent we light the first candle on the wreath – the Prophecy Candle, and we remember the power of God’s Word, and how he keeps His Promises.
1st Day of Advent
In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. I John 4:9
Love was When Jesus Came to Men
Today rejoice because you are loved by God.
Love divine, All love excelling,
Joy of heaven, to earth come down!
Fix in us thy humble dwelling,
All thy faithful mercies crown.
This is the link to the Advent devotional: https://www.stenslandbooks.com/product/advent-devotional/