The Season of Advent
The Church year
Advent is the annual four Sunday time of preparation for the celebration of Christmas. It is part of the season of light that celebrates the dawning of salvation for all people upon the sin darkened world.
Following Advent is the twelve day season of Christmas.
Then from January 6 until the beginning of Lent we celebrate the “appearance” of the Son of God in the Epiphany season.
The word “Advent” means “coming” [Latin]. We prepare for Christ’s coming with a season of repentant and hopeful expectation. In Advent the Church cries for the long expected Savior to Come!
The cry for the Savior to come is threefold:
“Come in the flesh as the expected Savior at Christmas!”
“Come to us through your gracious Word with salvation!”
“Come again at the end of days to take your Church to glory!”
The Church passes the days of Advent in holy vigil with candles of the wreath lighted in hope and expectation.
The Sundays of Advent
Each Sunday we focus upon one of the watchwords of Advent
December 2: Be always on the watch!
We watch in expectation of the coming Lord
December 9: Prepare the way!
John the Baptizer cries out, Prepare the way for the Lord!
December 16: Rejoice in the Lord!
As our anticipation of the coming Lord rises in our hearts and minds, joy breaks forth!
December 23: Believe!
The faith of Mary in God’s saving acts prompts us too to believe all that God proclaims at Christmas.