Christmas shopping and preparations begin in our society way before the Church officially begins her preparation for Christmas.
And while the secular culture prepares for Christmas by running up credit card bills and having Christmas parties, the Church prepares in a more somber way—but still with a growing anticipation of Christmas Day.
The word “advent,” from the Latin adventus (Greek parousia), means “coming” or “arrival.”
The season of Advent is focused on the “coming” of Jesus as Messiah. Our worship, scripture readings, and prayers not only prepare us spiritually for Christmas (his first coming), but also for his eventual second coming. [Read more...]