Today marks the start of Advent, an important season in the Christian Church. In these days of commercialism and bustle, it can be difficult to take a moment to reflect on the true significance of the season: Advent is about Hope, Joy, Peace and Love.
Each Sunday in the season is marked by the lighting of a candle, traditionally in the form of an Advent wreath until all four candles are lit in the week before Christmas. Readings and reflections focus the mind on waiting and preparation for the Nativity.
May this Advent season bring hope and fulfilment to all of our lives.
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