Patience People for the Lord is Coming
On Sunday, we marked the 1st Sunday of Advent. What an exciting time of year, isn’t it? Many of us have our Christmas trees up, decorations on and in our homes, and we are awaiting the coming of Jesus! How awesome.
On Monday morning, we celebrated the special season of Advent with a liturgy which was done beautifully by Mr. McKeough’s class. Father Jasica shared a wonderful message with us about what Advent truly means and he blessed our wreath. We lit 1 purple candle on our Advent wreath which sits on our prayer table.
Advent means a coming. It is a time when we prepare our hearts to get ready to welcome baby Jesus into the world. The colour purple was the colour of royalty because purple dye was costly and rare. So the liturgical colour of Advent is a symbol of looking forward to welcoming the coming of a King.
There is much symbolism within the wreath itself.
- the wreath is in the shape of a circle meaning that God’s love has no beginning and no end
- the evergreen boughs represent the hope for eternal life
- the candles show that Jesus is the light of the world
This is also a time we are asked to think of others and remember what is most important at this time of year–family, friends, and Jesus. The best present we could ask for is not going to be laying under the tree on Christmas morning–it is the birth of our Lord.
Growing up, I listened to many Christmas albums, but this one is one of my favourite songs off the album called Gentle Night. Here is a beautiful Advent song reminding us to be patient as we prepare for Christmas:
How are you preparing for Christmas this year?