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PostPosted: Mon Sep 06, 2010 12:53 pm    Post subject: ADVENT SEASON, Wreaths, candles  Reply with quote


The Advent wreath symbolizes the passage of the 4 weeks until what Christians celebrate as the birth of the ChristChild.

Come, O Come, Emmanuel And ransom captive Israel!

The Season of Advent, Anticipation and Hope
Advent begins the fourth Sunday before Christmas Day

The candle lighting is progressive from week to week, preparing the way for the coming of Jesus.

First Sunday of advent : Hope
light one purple candle to symbolize Hope
Read Isaiah 60:2-3

Second Sunday : Peace
Light two purple candles - Hope and Peace
Read Mark 1:4

Third Sunday : Joy
Light two purple candles (Hope and Peace) and one rose to symbolize Joy
Read Isaiah 35:10

Fourth Sunday: Love
light all four candles - Hope, Peace, Joy and Love
Read Isaiah 9:6-7

Christmas Eve After Sunset...
Light all 4 candles and add the fifth white candle †(the light of Christ)
Read Luke 1:68-79 and Luke 2:1-20

Keep the candles lit a bit longer, or safely throughout the evening.

Advent is the beginning of the Church Year for most churches in the Western tradition. It begins on the fourth Sunday before Christmas Day, which is the Sunday nearest November 30, and ends on Christmas Eve (Dec 24). If Christmas Eve is a Sunday, it is counted as the fourth Sunday of Advent, with Christmas Eve proper beginning at sundown.

The Colors of Advent

Historically, the primary sanctuary color of Advent is Purple. This is the color of penitence and fasting as well as the color of royalty to welcome the Advent of the King. †Purple is still used in some traditions (for example Roman Catholic). †The purple of Advent is also the color of suffering used during Lent and Holy Week. †This points to an important connection between Jesusí birth and death. The nativity, the Incarnation, cannot be separated from the crucifixion. The purpose of Jesusí coming into the world, of the "Word made flesh" and dwelling among us, is to reveal God and His grace to the world through Jesusí life and teaching, but also through his suffering, death, and resurrection. To reflect this emphasis, originally Advent was a time of penitence and fasting, much as the Season of Lent and so shared the color of Lent.

In the four weeks of Advent the third Sunday came to be a time of rejoicing that the fasting was almost over (in some traditions it is called Gaudete Sunday, from the Latin word for "rejoice"). The shift from the purple of the Season to pink or rose for the third Sunday Advent candles reflected this lessening emphasis on penitence as attention turned more to celebration of the season.

In many churches the third Sunday remains the Sunday of Joy marked by pink or rose.
However, most Protestant churches now use blue to distinguish the Season of Advent from Lent.
Royal Blue is sometimes used as a symbol of royalty.
Some churches use Bright Blue to symbolize the night sky, the anticipation of the impending announcement of the Kingís coming, or to symbolize the waters of Genesis 1, the beginning of a new creation.
Some churches, including some Catholic churches, use blue violet to preserve the traditional use of purple while providing a visual distinction between the purple or red violet of Lent.

This does not eliminate any sense of penitence from the Season. †With the focus on the Advent or Coming of Jesus, especially in anticipating His Second Advent, there remains a need for preparation for that coming. Most liturgical churches incorporate confessional prayers into the services of Advent that relate to a sense of unworthiness as we anticipate His Coming. It is appropriate even in more traditional services of worship to incorporate confessional prayers as part of the anticipation and preparation of the Season.

With the shift to blue for Advent in most non-Catholic churches, some churches retain pink among the Advent colors, but use it on the Fourth Sunday of Advent. †It still remains associated with Joy, but is sometimes used as the climax of the Advent Season on the last Sunday before Christmas.

Red and Green are more secular colors of Christmas. Although they derive from older European practices of using evergreens and holly to symbolize ongoing life and hope that Christís birth brings into a cold world, they are never used as liturgical colors during Advent since those colors have other uses in other parts of the church year (see Colors of the Church Year).

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Can't believe how all of the xmas displays in the stores(ie-Walmart, Macy's, etc) as well as all of the tv programs/ads really started out in full forced since BEFORE the 11/06 election.

Yes, I've seen them put stuff out early, but I don't recall any store or tv program going all out in full force like this THIS early. Over the last couple of weeks, there's at least 1 xmas movie on whenever I turn on the tv. You walk into Walmart(for example, election day 11/06), and you would think 12/25 is only a couple of weeks away. The ads are really in your face, to say the least, even the radio stations have started playing their xmas rock music et al over a week or so ago(they usually start around Thanksgiving).
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Advent begins Sonday, November 29, 2015

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December 6 we lit the second candle of Advent!
Advent began Sonday, November 29, 2015

Luke 1  The Birth of John the Baptist and Jesus the Christchild Foretold

First Sunday of Advent is the candle of HOPE

With Christians around the world, we use this light to help us prepare our hearts and minds for the coming of Godís Son, our Savior, Jesus Christ. May we receive Godís light as we hear the words of the prophet Isaiah:

The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light;
those who lived in a land of deep darkness, on them light has shined.  
Isaiah 9:2

Second Sunday of Advent is the candle of PEACE

As we prepare for the coming of YESHUA Messiaih, Jesus,
the Prince of Peace, we remember that Jesus is our hope and our peace.

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.  Isaiah 9:6-7

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid.  John 14:27

Third Sunday of Advent is the candle of JOY

As the coming of Jesus, our Savior, draws nearer, our joy builds with our anticipation of his birth. From the Book of Isaiah we read the words of our Lord:

Be glad and rejoice forever in what I am creating;
for I am about to create Jerusalem as a joy, and its people as a delight.
Isaiah 65:18

The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. If we live by the Spirit, let us also be guided by the Spirit.
Galatians 5:22-25

Fourth Sunday of Advent is the candle of LOVE

Jesus demonstrated self-giving love in his ministry as the Good Shepherd. Advent is a time for kindness, thinking of others, and sharing with others. It is a time to love as God loved us by giving us his most precious gift. As God is love, let us be love also.

For the Lord your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great God, mighty and awesome, who is not partial and takes no bribe, who executes justice for the orphan and the widow, and who loves the strangers, providing them food and clothing. You shall also love the stranger, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt.
Deuteronomy 10:17-19

I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.
John 13:34-35

Teach us to love, O Lord. May we always remember to put you first as we follow Christís footsteps, that we may know your love and show it in our lives. As we prepare for our celebration of Jesusí birth, also fill our hearts with love for the world, that all may know your love and the one whom you have sent, your son, our Savior. Amen.

SONGS for you

Amazing Grace!  

You raise me up!
I first heard this by Josh Groban and love it


Celtic women Christmas

Silent Night


His steadfast love endures forever.
Out of my distress I called on the LORD; the LORD answered me and set me free.
The LORD is on my side; I will not fear. What can man do to me?
The LORD is on my side as my helper; I shall look in triumph on those who hate me.
It is better to take refuge in the LORD than to trust in man.
Psalm 118

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Christmas Lights
Dec 2, 2016 †-
†In December we notice the days are getting shorter. We string lights on our shrubs and put candles in our windows to cheer ourselves against the encroaching winter darkness. †Advent is a season where we stop and remember that the light of this world is waning in more ways than one. That the world as we know it is passing away.

Advent 2016 begins November 27, Sonday
Lighting the first candle


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