Advent Preparations of Christmas
The colourful decorations, glittering smiles, glowing faces, the ding dong bells and the musical carols are here, It christmas time again. Christmas is the time to rejoice with the glory of God as the king of kings is born. The messiah born on earth as the son of god. The true Meaning of Christmas is on one transformation towards itself begin a true person by following God and welcoming the messiah in one’s heart .
Christmas is beyond the ideology of gifts, decorations and sweets. Christians have to prepare themselves through Advent. Advent is a spiritual season of preparation before Christmas celebrated by many Christians. The season of Advent begins on the fourth Sunday prior to Christmas Day, or the Sunday which falls closest to November 30, and lasts through Christmas Eve or December 24.
Celebrating Advent typically involves a season of prayer, fasting and repentance, followed by anticipation, hope and joy.
The importance of the advent wreath:
The wreath is always in the shape of a circle to represent God's eternity, His unending nature. The evergreens signifies life. We as Christians have eternal life once we have accepted Jesus as our Lord and Savior.
The advent wreath of evergreens have five candles, each representing a significant aspect of the Christmas story. The first three candles are purple to represent preparation, the fourth candle is pink to represent joy, and the last is white to represent Christ. Each candle also has an individual meaning.
On the first Sunday of advent, the candle of prophecy and preparation is lit.
On the second Sunday, candle of Love is lighted. Prayers are offered.
On the third Sunday the Rose or Pink Candle of Joy is lighted. Prayers are offered.
On Christmas Eve, one last candle, the white candle, is lighted. Often the biggest of the five candles and centered in the middle of the wreath, this Christ candle marks the culmination of the promise of a coming Savior. Celebrate the occasion with family prayer time, acknowledging the light of Christ not only in the world, but also in our hearts. On Christmas Eve, as that last candle is lit, remember the words of Scripture, Christ in you, the hope of glory. (Molly Faleiro)