Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Preparing for Advent (links)

(video from CBN broadcasters and a planner by Lisa Robertson)

      Advent (from the Latin word adventus, meaning "coming") is a season of the Christian church, the period of expectant waiting and preparation for the celebration of the Nativity of Jesus; in other words, the period immediately before Christmas. It is the beginning of the Western liturgical year and commences on Advent Sunday. The Eastern churches begin the liturgical year on 1 September. The Eastern Christian equivalent of Advent is called the Nativity Fast but it differs both in length and observances.
      The progression of the season may be marked with an Advent calendar, a practice introduced by German Lutherans. At least in the Roman Catholic and Lutheran calendars, Advent starts on the fourth Sunday before December 25; in other words, the Sunday between November 27 and December 3 inclusive.
      Latin adventus is the translation of the Greek word parousia, commonly used in reference to the Second Coming. Christians believe that the season of Advent serves a dual reminder of the original waiting that was done by the Hebrews for the birth of their Messiah as well as the waiting that Christians today endure for the second coming of Christ.

Talking About The Season of Advent:The Christian Season of Advent *The Advent Conspiracy *Catholic Online *The Christmas Story Advent Coloring Book *The Advent Wreath - Customs and Prayers *Praying Advent *The Season of Advent *Happy (?) Advent *Celebrate Advent *Advent Wreath *A Homemade Advent Wreath. *Advent at Ananda Portland *
Advent Calenders for Internet Use: Christmas Countdown. History of advent calender in relation to the church year. *St. Margaret Mary Advent Calendar *The History of a Christmas Tradition *Digital millennium Advent calendar *
Advent Calendar from Washington National Cathedral
Advent Calenders Kids Can Help Create: The reality of our advent calendar * Simple Advent Wreath * Welcome to Advent Town - This is number one with our staff. Mom's start collecting small milk cartons for this project throughout the year. *
kid's Advent calendar craft from Reader's Digest
Advent Calenders Crafted by Adults: Advent Stocking Calendar * Sewn Advent Calendar *

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