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The Meaning of Advent The   word    Advent   means   "coming"   or   "arrival."   The   focus   of   the entire   season   is   the   celebration   of   the   birth   of   Jesus   the   Christ   in his   First   Advent ,   and   the   anticipation   of   the   return   of   Christ   the King   in   his   Second   Advent.   Thus,   Advent   is   far   more   than   simply marking   a   2,000   year   old   event   in   history.   It   is   celebrating   a   truth about   God,   the   revelation   of   God   in   Christ   whereby   all   of   creation might be reconciled to God. The    Spirit    of    Advent    is    marked    by    a    spirit    of    expectation,    of anticipation,   of   preparation,   of   longing   and   of   hope.   It   is   this   hope, however     faint     at     times,     and     that     God,     however     distant     He sometimes   seems,   brings   to   the   world   the   anticipation   of   a   King who   will   rule   with   truth   and   justice   and   righteousness   over   His people   and   in   His   creation.   It   is   that   hope   that   once   anticipated, and    now    anticipates    anew,    the    reign    of    an    Anointed    One,    a Messiah,   who   will   bring   peace   and   justice   and   righteousness   to   the world. The    Advent    Wreath    is    a    circular    evergreen    wreath    with    five candles,   four   around   the   wreath   and   one   in   the   center.   The   circle shape   of   the   wreath   reminds   us   of   God   Himself,   His   eternity   and endless   mercy,   which   has   no   beginning   or   end.   The   green   of   the wreath    speaks    of    the    hope    that    we    have    in    God,    the    hope    of newness,   of   renewal,   of   eternal   life.   Candles   symbolize   the   light   of God   coming   into   the   world   through   the   birth   of   His   son.   The   four outer    candles    represent    the    period    of    waiting    during    the    four Sundays   of Advent,   which   themselves   symbolize   the   four   centuries of waiting between the prophet Malachi and the birth of Christ.
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The Meaning of Advent The   word    Advent   means   "coming"   or   "arrival."   The   focus   of   the entire   season   is   the   celebration   of   the   birth   of   Jesus   the   Christ   in his   First   Advent ,   and   the   anticipation   of   the   return   of   Christ   the King   in   his   Second   Advent.   Thus,   Advent   is   far   more   than   simply marking   a   2,000   year   old   event   in   history.   It   is   celebrating   a   truth about   God,   the   revelation   of   God   in   Christ   whereby   all   of   creation might be reconciled to God. The    Spirit    of    Advent    is    marked    by    a    spirit    of    expectation,    of anticipation,   of   preparation,   of   longing   and   of   hope.   It   is   this   hope, however     faint     at     times,     and     that     God,     however     distant     He sometimes   seems,   brings   to   the   world   the   anticipation   of   a   King who   will   rule   with   truth   and   justice   and   righteousness   over   His people   and   in   His   creation.   It   is   that   hope   that   once   anticipated, and    now    anticipates    anew,    the    reign    of    an    Anointed    One,    a Messiah,   who   will   bring   peace   and   justice   and   righteousness   to   the world. The    Advent    Wreath    is    a    circular    evergreen    wreath    with    five candles,   four   around   the   wreath   and   one   in   the   center.   The   circle shape   of   the   wreath   reminds   us   of   God   Himself,   His   eternity   and endless   mercy,   which   has   no   beginning   or   end.   The   green   of   the wreath    speaks    of    the    hope    that    we    have    in    God,    the    hope    of newness,   of   renewal,   of   eternal   life.   Candles   symbolize   the   light   of God   coming   into   the   world   through   the   birth   of   His   son.   The   four outer    candles    represent    the    period    of    waiting    during    the    four Sundays   of Advent,   which   themselves   symbolize   the   four   centuries of waiting between the prophet Malachi and the birth of Christ.
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