Advent is the beginning of the Church Year. It begins on the fourth Sunday before Christmas Day. Advent is a time to prepare our hearts for the celebration of Christ’s Birth and for his second coming. Advent also symbolizes our spiritual journey as individuals and as a congregation, as we affirm that Christ has come, that He is present in the world today, and that He will come again in power. Advent is marked by a spirit of expectation, of anticipation, of preparation, and of longing.
This Sunday, we will light one purple candle on the Advent Wreath. The Candle of Hope. We can have hope because God is faithful and will keep the promises made to us.
Why purple? This is the color of penitence and fasting as well as the color of royalty to welcome the Advent of the King. The purple of Advent is also the color of suffering used during Lent and Holy Week. This points to an important connection between Jesus’ birth and death.