This weekend is the First Sunday of Advent. The season of Advent is a time for pause, reflection, and preparation for the gifts of God’s love coming to us through the baby Jesus. The four weeks of Advent are considered to symbolise the four thousand years of darkness before the coming of Christ. We are encouraged to set up Nativity scenes, light Advent candles, and decorate wreaths to signify Christ’s presence coming in the darkness of sin and suffering. The Advent wreath is one of the most beloved of all Advent devotions. Four candles adorn the Advent wreath, one for each week. A fifth candle is sometimes placed in the centre for the beginning of the Christmas season.
May you and your family experience a blessed and holy Advent and Christmas this year.