What is advent?
As we draw nearer to the time when we celebrate the birth of Jesus, we hear about the advent season. How much do we really know what advent means?
Advent starts on the fourth Sunday before Christmas day with the lighting of a candle each Sunday. Candles are a special symbolic institution of the Christian Church. The Old Testament (Exodus 40:5, 25) the first temple of God on earth were held using lamps as the Lord had ordained. New Testament Church’s the lighting of the candle was included in the service without fail.
The candle is a symbol of light in the darkness of life, especially the individual life. It symbolizes holy illumination of the spirit of truth. The components have great meaning: wax symbolizes pure flesh, the wick represents the soul, the light is a symbol of love and divinity, the flame symbolizes godhead, fire represents obedience and heat from the flame symbolizes humility.
Each candle of Advent focuses on one of the four virtues Jesus brought us: Expectation, Hope, Joy, and Purity. The fifth candle of Advent is the Christ candle which is lit on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day to remind us that Jesus is the light of the world and remember that we are each called to be followers of Jesus.
God of hope as we journey to the stable and beyond, be with us as we approach Christmas Day never let us forget the true meaning of the season. Amen