The Season of Advent
The season of Advent is the beginning of the church year. It is a time of spiritual reflection, preparation, anticipation, and hope. The word Advent means “coming” or “arrival.” The focus of the entire celebration is the birth of Jesus Christ in his First Advent, and the anticipation of the return of Christ in his Second Advent. Advent is more than simply marking a 2,000 year old event in history. It is celebrating a truth about God, the revelation of God in Christ whereby all of creation might be reconciled to God.

Advent is marked by a spirit of expectation, of anticipation, of preparation, of longing. The themes of the Advent Season are Hope, Peace, Joy, and Love. Lighting of candles, especially the circular Advent Wreath with five candles is an important tradition of the Advent Season. The Advent wreath is a circular garland of evergreen branches representing eternity. Each Sunday of Advent, one of four candles is lit, with the final candle, the Christ Candle, being lit on Christmas Eve.


December 1, 2013
First Sunday of Advent
1st Purple Candle is lit. This candle is typically called the "Prophecy Candle" in remembrance of the prophets, who foretold the birth of Christ. This candle represents hope or expectation in anticipation of the coming Messiah.
Suggested Colors: Purple or Blue
Scriptures:
  • Isa. 2:1-5
  • Ps. 122
  • Rom. 13:11-14
  • Matt. 24:36-44


December 8, 2013
Second Sunday of Advent
On the second Sunday of Advent, the second purple candle is lit. This candle typically represents love.
Suggested Colors: Purple or Blue
Scriptures:
  • Isa. 11:1-10
  • Ps. 72:1-7, 18-19
  • Rom 15:4-13
  • Matt. 3:1-12


December 15, 2013
Third Sunday of Advent
On the Third Sunday a pink or rose-colored candle is lit. This pink or rose-colored candle represents joy.
Suggested Colors: Purple or Blue
Scriptures:
  • Isa. 35:1-10
  • Luke 1:47-55
  • Jas. 5:7-10
  • Matt. 11:2-11


December 22, 2013
Fourth Sunday of Advent
The fourth and last purple candle, represents peace and is lit on the fourth Sunday of Advent.
Suggested Colors: Purple or Blue
Scripture:
  • Isa. 7:10-16
  • Ps. 80:1-7, 17-19
  • Rom. 1:1-7
  • Matt. 1:18-25


December 24, 2013
Christmas Eve
On Christmas Eve, the white center candle is traditionally lit. This candle represents the life of Christ that has come into the world. The color white represents purity. Christ is the sinless, spotless, pure Savior. Also, those who receive Christ as Savior are washed of their sins and made whiter than snow.


December 29, 2013
First Sunday after Christmas Day
The spirit of Advent is expressed well in the parable of the bridesmaids who are anxiously awaiting the coming of the Bridegroom (Matt 25:1-13). There is profound joy at the Bridegroom’s expected coming. And yet a warning of the need for preparation echoes through the parable. But even then, the prayer of Advent is still: O Come, O Come, Emmanuel, and ransom captive Israel!
Suggested Colors: White
Scripture:
  • Isa. 63:7-9
  • Ps. 148
  • Heb. 2:10-18
  • Matt. 2:13-23

 

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