“The primary symbol of Advent is the wreath”
Question: Tell me a few things about the Advent:
Answer: The Feast of St. Andrew the Apostle ushers in the days of Advent. The “Feast Day” marks the end of the Church year and beginning of Advent. Advent is a 4 week period before Christmas. Advent is a time of expectant waiting and preparation for celebrating the Nativity of Jesus at Christmas. Comes from the Latin word “Adventus” which means ‘the coming”. Although the beginning of Advent starts on the Sunday closest to November 30th, the days might vary from year to year.
The carnal Christian (Christians that are guided by the desires of the flesh) celebrate Christmas by how much stuff received on Christmas day. If you are honest at one time we have observed Christmas as such. For the Christian the true meaning of Christmas is to celebrate the fulfillment of many prophesies about Christ. Isaiah 9:6 – ‘For unto us a child is born, unto us a child is given…..’ Matthew 1:23 – ‘Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel, “which is translated’ God with us”.
The primary symbol of Advent is the wreath. There are four candles on the wreath: three purple or blue and one pink. For the Advent purist at no time are the ‘so call’ Christmas colors of red, green, gold, silver and white used. Some churches combine the colors of Advent and Christmas. The purple candles are lit week 1, 2 and 4. The pink is lit only during week 3. The purple candles symbolize hope – peace – Love, and the pink candle represents joy.
Jesus’ first coming was to save the lost – Luke 19:10; and His second coming is to judge the world and rule forever – The Book of Revelation.
Rev. David Deal is the senior pastor at Every Christian Church. Services are held at Bass Park, 2750 N. W. 19th St. Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Please write to Reverend Deal in care of the Spiritual Editor, Westside Gazette, 545 N.W. Seventh Terrace, Fort Lauderdale, Fla. 33311, or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.