Hope! Joy! Peace! Advent is the season in the Christian year when we hear and participate in the time of waiting for the birth of the Messiah. Today we lit the 2nd candle of Advent. We look with hope for the second coming of Christ. We pray for the light of Christ to fill “us with joy and peace in believing.” We hear the voice of God in scripture. We hear the voices of God’s people around the earth as we pray together for the joy and peace of Christ’s love to warm the hearts and lives of all humankind.
We use the colors of purple and blue in worship as visual reminders of the season. One of the primary symbols of the season has become the Advent Wreath. A quick search on the Internet will find several articles on the history and tradition of the Advent Wreath. The wreath itself is a symbol of life without end. The lighting of a candle each week marks our journey through the four weeks of Advent. Advent begins on December 1 and culminates with the lighting of the Christ candle on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day.