Advent What It Means

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 Advent what is the meaning? The first season of the Christian church, leading up to Christmas and including the four preceding Sundays. Observed in most Christian denominations as a time of expectant waiting and preparation for both the celebration of the Nativity of Christ at Christmas and the return of Christ at the Second Coming.

Themes in Advent

The candles of Advent symbolize Hope Peace Love and Joy. Most use a fifth candle called the Christ candle that is lit on Christmas to remind Christians of the light Jesus brings to the world.

There are three main candle colors symbolizing Advent: Purple, Pink for the third Sunday, White which symbolizes purity so is used the fifth for Christ Jesus. shown in the picture above

  • God's People:  The Candle of Hope. Hope is like a light shining in a dark place 
  • The Old Testament Prophets:  The Candle of Peace
  • John the Baptist:  The Candle of Love
  • Mary the Mother of Jesus:  The Candle of Joy

HOPE

1 Peter 1: 3-5 Praise to God for a Living Hope

3.Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In His great mercy He has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. 4. and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade.  This inheritance is kept in heaven for you. 5. Who through faith are shielded by God's power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time.


PEACE

1 Peter 3: 10-12

10. For "He who would love life and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips from speaking deceit.
11. Let him turn away from evil and do good; let him seek peace and pursue it.
12. For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous; but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil".


LOVE

1 Peter 1:22-23

22. Since you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit in sincere love of the brethren, love one another fervently with a pure heart, 23. having been born again, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible, through the word of God which lives and abides forever.


JOY

1 Peter 1: 6-9

6. In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials.7. that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ, 8. whom having not seen you love. Though now you do not see Him, yet believing, you rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory. 9. receiving the end of your faith--the salvation of your souls.





I know this was a refresher course for me
I hope you're all doing well
We are all going through some trying times
It's going to get better folks 
Keep in mind that our Heavenly Father
is always watching over us
Don't lose hope
This week as one of my favorite pastors stated
Let's each one try to think about how we as individuals can spread hope.

Spread ~ Hope~ this week
Spread ~ Peace~ the next week
Spread ~Love~ the next week
Spread ~ Joy~ the next week

We should all try to do this everyday really
The world truly would be a better place.

We can do it friends!



Sources

Our Daily Bread Advent Themes

Learn Religions Advent  The Three Main Advent Colors

Bible Gateway The Book of 1 Peter

Bible Study Tools Advent Bible Verses 




Comments

  1. What a beautiful explanation of Advent-backed up by Scripture. Wonderfully done, Dolly. I hope you have a blessed week- xo Diana

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    1. Thank you. Coming from you that means a lot! I hope you've had a bless week.
      xo Dolly

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  2. Beautiful post! I love the lighting of the advent candles at church during the Christmas season.
    Lisa

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    1. Thanks Lisa! I love it too. It's always so special.
      Dolly

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  3. This is a lovely post. Thank you.

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