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.

Advent - Year B First Reading Psalm Second Reading Gospel
First Sunday of Advent
November 30, 2014
Suggested Colors: Purple or Blue
Isaiah 64:1-9 Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19 1 Corinthians 1:3-9 Mark 13:24-37
Second Sunday of Advent
December 7, 2014
Suggested Colors: Purple or Blue
Isaiah 40:1-11 Psalm 85:1-2, 8-13 2 Peter 3:8-15a Mark 1:1-8
Third Sunday of Advent
December 14, 2014
Suggested Colors: Purple or Blue
Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11 Psalm 126 or Luke 1:47-55 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24 John 1:6-8, 19-28
Fourth Sunday of Advent
December 21, 2014
Suggested Colors: Purple or Blue
2 Samuel 7:1-11, 16 Luke 1:47-55 or Psalm 89:1-4, 19-26 Romans 16:25-27 Luke 1:26-38
First Sunday after Christmas
December 28, 2014
Suggested Colors: White or Gold
Isaiah 61:10-62:3 Psalms 148 Galatians 4:4-7 Luke 2:22-40

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!
 

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