Sunday, 30 November 2008

Advent

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.

*Photo: stock photography

3 comments:

Tracy said...

Lovely post, Marie...and so is the photo! We light candles here each week in Norway, regardless of belief, it's a custom in many household and something to look forward to each week. We put our our candles this evening and lit the first one. :o) Wishing a beautiful time in the weeks ahead, my friend ((HUGS))

Heidi said...

It is so nice to not focus on the hustle and bustle. I am trying to refocus myself and keep it more simple this year. Last year, I sent my niece half of my Christmas village as she had lost hers. It made me feel so good. I have so much of everything and I loved sharing. Now this year, she is anxious to set it up and that again gave me that warm feeling. This is what Christmas is really about! Sharing!

Hugs ~
Heidi

Mia said...

I do like the tradition of lighting an advent candle every Sunday of Advent, and I do enjoy this pre Christmas time (almost more than Christmas). I wish you a lovely December, Marie.