Advent: Waiting For The Coming Of Christ

Posted on Nov 24 , 2018 in Announcements & Ministry Updates

Advent: Waiting For The Coming Of Christ

Advent (from the Latin adventus meaning “coming”) is a liturgical season observed in many Christian churches as a time of expectant waiting and preparation for the celebration of the Nativity of Jesus Christ at Christmas.  Advent marks the beginning of the Western liturgical year and ends on Advent Sunday, the fourth Sunday before Christmas Day, Dec. 25.  For Christians, the season of Advent serves as a reminder both of the original waiting by Israelites for the birth of the Messiah, and the waiting by Christians for the return of Christ.  The most famous hymn of Advent is “O Come Emmanuel.” Its lyrics, based on the Prophet Isaiah, articulate the hopeful anticipation of the Advent season:

O come, O come, Emmanuel,
And ransom captive Israel,
That mourns in lonely exile here
Until the Son of God appear.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel.

Traditionally, many churches light candles of hope, peace, joy, and love.