As we near Christmas we occupy now a season of prayer and repentance in hopeful anticipation of the return of Jesus. Just as the Old Testament saints waited in darkness for the coming of the Messiah and God’s promised redemption (Isaiah 9:2; Matthew 4:16), we now await His second coming, His glorious entry into the world again, His adventus, or advent. Thus, in this season while we remember the first coming of Jesus, we celebrate and look forward to His second coming.
FIRST SUNDAY | November 27
The 1st Sunday of Advent symbolizes HOPE with the “Prophet’s Candle” reminding us that Jesus is coming back at any time. We light the first violet candle to signify prayer, repentance, and sacrifice.
SECOND SUNDAY | December 4
The 2nd Sunday of Advent symbolizes FAITH with the “Bethlehem Candle” reminding us of Mary and Joseph’s journey to Bethlehem. We light the second violet candle to signify prayer, repentance, and sacrifice.
THIRD SUNDAY | December 11
The 3rd Sunday of Advent symbolizes JOY with the “Shepherd’s Candle” reminding us of the Joy the world experienced at the birth of Jesus and at His coming return. On this day, we celebrate that just as our waiting for Christmas day is almost over, that we are getting closer and closer to the return of King Jesus. We light the single pink candle to signify joy.
FOURTH SUNDAY | December 18
The 4th Sunday of Advent symbolizes PEACE with the “Angel’s Candle” reminding us of the message of the angels: “Peace on Earth, to People He Favors.” We light the final purple candle to mark the final week of prayer and penance as we wait expectantly for the soon second coming of the King of Kings.