On Earth as It is in Heaven, Advent 1
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Before we unleash the joyful revelry of Christmas Day: Advent, the beginning of the church year, is a brief season that readies our hearts for the celebration. There are changes all around in the church. The altar colors change from green to purple during Advent, which demonstrate the anticipation and reception of the coming King. The music becomes a bit more quiet and reflective. It is a time of joyful expectation, mixed with penitence.
The Advent wreath is a great way for Christian families to be reminded that Christ is the center of Christmas and for parents to teach their children the true meaning of Christmas.
- The circle reminds us that God has no beginning and no end. and represents unending love.
- The color of the five candles and the order in which we light them have significant meaning:
- The first candle is the candle of hope which is purple;
- the second, also purple, is the candle of preparation;
- the third candle is pink and represents joy; and
- the fourth is purple, the candle of love.
- The fifth candle is white, the color of Advent, which represents purity and light, just as our Savior is pure and spotless. The Christ candle is positioned in the center of the wreath, reminding us He is the center of all.
- Each Sunday, a new candle is lit along with the preceding ones, and the Christ candle is lit on Christmas Eve.
Before we rejoice over the birth of Jesus on Christmas morning, let’s spend the weeks of Advent together in family worship, “On Earth as in Heaven.”
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