Minister’s Musings – November 22, 2021
A Christmas To Remember Advent Celebration Begins Sunday, November 28th at 10:00 AM
We are excited to announce that we are kicking off the holiday season with an Advent series titled A Christmas to Remember. Our inspiration for this celebration comes from the 2021 Advent booklet published by Unity headquarters with the same title. Click this link to obtain your free copy from Unity. It’s available as a physical booklet or digital download.
What is Advent?
Advent is the time of year in the Christmas tradition where we observe the four Sundays of the season before Christmas. For each Sunday, there’s a different theme:
- The First Sunday of Advent theme is Hope/Faith
- The Second Sunday of Advent theme is Peace
- The Third Sunday of Advent is Love
- The Fourth Sunday of Advent is Joy
What Happens on Advent Sundays?
Each Sunday, there is a candle lit in honor of that day and theme. Every Sunday there is another candle lit until there are four candles total on the fourth Sunday. The candles’ colors are often 3 purple and 1 pink candle. In some Advent ceremonies, the candles are all blue or all white depending on their tradition.
Why Do We Observe Advent?
The history of Advent goes back to the beginning of Christian history. The Advent season began as a time of preparation for Christians to get baptized at the beginning of the new year. The forty days prior to baptism was a time of prayer, contemplation, fasting, and teaching. Once Christmas became an official time of observance, Advent became a way of focusing on the coming of Christ in the form of Jesus by choosing to celebrate his birth on December 25th.
The lighting of candles in a wreath started in the 19th century when a priest started the tradition in his hometown. In the beginning, there were 24 candles with one new candle added until Christmas day. The tradition was adapted to work with several Christian denominations. It’s now usually observed on the four Sundays leading up to Christmas with only the four candles.
When Does it Start?
This year, the celebration starts on Sunday, November 28th at 10:00 AM. We will be holding church in person and online this year. Doors open at 9:45 AM. If you would like to learn what to expect when you visit us, go to our Plan Your Holiday Visit page.
We look forward to having you join us as we celebrate the holiday season with a Christmas to Remember.
In light…Rev. Lori