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Advent is the season of preparation and anticipation of Jesus’ arrival that extends over the four Sundays before Christmas. The word Advent comes from the Latin word Adventus which means “coming” or “arrival” referencing the coming of Christ. During Advent, Christians prepare for Christ’s coming in three ways: in the celebration of His historic birth at Christmas, in His coming into our lives through the Sacrament of Holy Communion, and finally, in His Second Coming at the end of time.
There are 5 candles used in the Advent wreath during the season of Advent that are lit every Sunday. The wreath itself represents the eternity that is God and how He existed before our time and will continue to exist long after we have departed from this life. The 1st candle is purple and symbolizes hope. The 2nd candle symbolizes preparation and is also purple. The third candle is pink and is the candle of joy. The fourth candle is once again purple to symbolize love. Finally the fifth candle is white and symbolizes Christ.
LTP’s Sourcebook points out that the season of Advent occurs as the days grow darker in the Northern hemisphere with the approach of winter. The fading light gives Christians a chance to reflect on darkness and look forward to the light of Christ. Advent reminds us Christians of our longing for Christ’s coming and the glory of God’s Kingdom. The third Sunday of Advent is Gaudete Sunday. The theme of Gaudete Sundsay is rejoicing, because our wait is almost over and the feast of Christ’s birth is near.
The Gloria is not sung during advent, with the exception of the Marian feast: the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception and the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Liturgical music reflects this anticipation of the Glory of Christ and His kingdom. This music highlighting the Glory of Christmas should be saved for the feast of Christmas and the Christmas season. The USCCB outlines the Season of Christmas as lasting from the vigil Mass on Christmas Eve, December 24 through the third Sunday after Christmas, the Feast of the Baptism of Our Lord.
Heritage Day 2014
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