So What’s Advent about?
Tis’ the season to be jolly tra la la la la….
Ok not so fast! Just before Christmas is a special season in the church called Advent.
Advent which means ‘coming’ in Latin, is a season where we are expectant, hopefully anticipating and cheerfully preparing ourselves to celebrate the First coming of God a.k.a. the birth of Jesus at Christmas. The Catholic Church as well as other denominations such as the Anglican, Presbyterian and Methodist church observe this season. This year, Advent starts on the 3rd of December, which is four Sundays before Christmas – this is the rule of thumb to calculating the beginning of Advent.
What happens in advent?
In the season of Advent, the church encourages us to improve our lives and our hearts as we await a special guest, our Lord Jesus. The colour of the season is a purple and rose but not to be confused with lent! Purple is a liturgical color that is used to signify a time of prayer, penance, and sacrifice. Similar to lent, in the season of Advent we are to spiritually wait in our “darkness” with hopeful expectation for our promised redemption, just as the whole world did before Christ’s birth, and just as the whole world does now as we eagerly await His promised return.
I bet you’ve seen it but haven’t heard of the Advent Wreath?
Basically, each Sunday in advent, a purple candle is lit to countdown the days and on Gaudette Sunday i.e. the third Sunday, in advent and a week before Christmas a Rose candle is lit. Gaudette means rejoice , and the rose colour signifies joy –the joy the world would experience at the coming birth of Jesus.
How can we prepare ourselves for the coming of our Lord Jesus?
Easy! Prayers + Works of Mercy
- Meditative prayer: The Christmas anticipation prayer which starts November 30th till Christmas day is a short, meditative and beautiful prayer which encourages our awareness of the true meaning of Christmas. It should be prayed 15 times a day – could be broken up into chunks of 5 or 3- whatever works for you and your schedule.
- Say a Novena: There is a Christmas Novena which runs for 9 days- starting from December 16th to Christmas day. On each day your prayers would have a theme of either Joy, Humility, Faith, Hope, Love , Peace, forgiveness, holiness and life eternal . Each day, this prayer would demand about 5-10 mins of your time. Click Here to pray!
- The Ultimate Combo! Novena + Meditative prayer: There is another Christmas novena that digs a bit deeper- each day you would start with the Christmas anticipation prayer and then you have some meditation to read and a prayer. This should take about 10-15 mins. Click Here to pray!
- Works of Mercy
‘’I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’’ Matt 25: 36.
Show some love this advent season- you have clothes and shoes you haven’t worn all year? Donate it to the poor, visit the sick and visit the prisons! Young and catholic will be doing some charity visits as well so please subscribe to our mailing list for more news or follow us on Instagram.
- Start a Bible Plan!
If you don’t know the BIBLE APP already then you better get to know it now! They have loads of bible study plans and a gem we found is on Advent Reflections that explores the Bible readings used by the Church to challenge, encourage, and help us prepare, not only to celebrate the incarnation but also the second coming of Christ.. Click the image to join!