Advent and Christmas
Advent is the beginning of a new year in the Christian calendar. Advent is a time of preparation for the birth of our Lord. We look to Christmas when God came in Christ Jesus, Emmanuel, God with us.
Advent begins four Sundays before Christmas and is the start of the Christmas season, which lasts through the Baptism of Our Lord.
During Advent we emphasize the joy and anticipation of the coming of our Lord: excitement, wonder, joy, expectation, even exhilaration.
During the Christmas season we celebrate the wonder of the Incarnation. God shows us how to live fully: by pouring out our lives for others. That is what the days of Christmas are all about.
Epiphany and the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord celebrate Christ becoming manifest—that is, present—to all peoples. On Epiphany we focus on the three Wise Men symbolizing the many races for whom Christ was born. The baptism of Jesus marks the beginning of his public ministry. God’s “Christmas gift” of the Incarnation is a gift for everyone!
Making an Advent wreath is a great way to prepare the mind and hearts of your family for Jesus' birthday celebration!
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