Advent Season

Advent Season
Posted on 12/01/2022
Advent Season

Advent, from Latin Adventus, means coming. During the four weeks before Christmas we look forward to the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ as king and judge at the end of time and to our Christmas celebration of his coming as our Saviour 2,000 years ago.

Coming at the end of time. As Christians we are sent to build up God’s kingdom on earth. We do this by living each day as his people: by working and praying, by obeying God’s will and by suffering with Christ. At the end of time, Jesus will come to judge our efforts and to hand over to the Father the kingdom he has built with our help.

During the first weeks of Advent (up to December 16) we reflect on Christ as our coming king and our judge; we wait in joyful hope for his return in glory (the parousia) to complete his work on earth. Coming as our Saviour. Beginning on December 17, we join with the prophets and the people of God who looked forward to the coming of the Messiah. We express our longing for God’s mercy, and grow more aware of our need for this saving help.

Preparation: Advent is a period of four weeks of prayer and preparation, of renewal and of looking forward to the coming of the Lord Jesus among us, his beloved people. During Advent, our prayer is one of hope and love: Come, Lord Jesus!

Advent Saints: Three saints are special friends during Advent: Mary, Joseph and John the Baptist are good examples of faith. They believed what God said and lived each day for the Lord, who was always ready to help them. We ask these saints to help us to prepare the way for Jesus in our life.

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