“Advent” comes from the Latin meaning “coming.” It’s a time when we prepare our hearts for the light of God’s kingdom.
December tends to be a time when our calendars are full of parties, cultural events and gift giving. We have lists to complete, gifts to buy, and places to be. However, in the church, Advent is a season where we are called to slow down, give thanks, and spend time in prayer and reflection in anticipation of the year ahead. During this time, we look forward to what God may have in store for us.
To celebrate Advent, we start the service with lighting one of four candles on the Advent wreath.
- The first candle represents hope
- The second, peace
- The third, joy
- The fourth, love
We have three periods of prolonged silence following the first and second reading and the sermon.
We invite you to take a moment to embrace the meaning of Advent. Take a deep breath, reflect, and enjoy the beauty and peace this season brings.