Advent is the period of time 4 Sundays before Christmas. It was designed to be a time of preparation for Christmas. What better time to get in the Christmas spirit? We will look at the four traditional themes of Advent: hope, peace, love, and joy; and we will learn how each of these can be part of OUR lives and get us in the Christmas spirit! Join us each Sunday at 10am in the St James sanctuary. Great music, too!
But what is Advent and how is it different from Christmas? Christine Sine wrote a very good post about Advent. Here is what she said:
“Joan Chittister in The Liturgical Year says: ‘The function of Advent is to remind us what we’re waiting for as we go through life too busy with things that do not matter to remember the things that do. She goes on to challenge us by saying: Advent asks the question, what is it for which you are spending your life?’
The incredible popularity of my prayer Lord Help Me to Live Simply on Godspace and Facebook this week has made me aware of how pertinent this question is. We all desperately crave more meaningful, less cluttered lives. Yet we rarely take the time to slow down and give up the urgent for the important. In preparation for Christmas and Advent this year consider her challenge. What is it that you are spending your life for?
Advent means coming and the season beckons us towards three comings we need to ponder on. The first coming, Chittister writes about is the remembrance of Jesus coming in the flesh, an infant whose birth captivates our hearts yet makes few, if any demands on our souls. For many the story is nothing more than a children’s story, a soothing tale that is little more than an add on to the secular celebration of consumption and overindulgence.
The next coming to which Advent calls our attention is the coming of the presence of God recognized among us now in the Scripture, in the Eucharist, in the community itself. This coming makes Jesus present in our own lives, eternally enlivening, eternally with us.
The final coming to which Advent points us is the Second Coming of Christ, what my husband Tom calls Advent II homecoming. It is this coming that whets the desire of the adult soul. We await with deep longing the return of Christ at the end of time when the eternal world of God for which we strive with every breath will come in all its fullness.”