December 2, 2017
Advent – First Sunday
|Last Year (2016)||November 27|
|Present Year (2017)||December 3|
|Next Year (2018)||December 2|
Well, an Advent is the most wonderful time of the year which refers to the “coming” or “arrival” of Jesus Christ. For most of the churches in the Western tradition, this day is the beginning of the Church year. This day is celebrated before the Christmas Eve and it ends on the day of Christmas. The entire event is organised to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ in his first Advent. Here, through this event, one can celebrate a truth about the God, the revelation of God in Christ whereby all of the creation might be reconciled to God.
Well, the day of Advent is marked by the spirit of expectation, of anticipation, of preparation, of longing. The celebration of Advent is comprised of spending time in Spiritual preparation, a season of prayers, fasting and repentance that is followed by anticipation, hope and joy. The day of Advent is not only celebrated by devotees to thank god for Christ’s first coming to Earth as a baby, however, also for his teachings and presence that we feel even today through the Holy Spirit.
In today’s time, there are many different variations and interpretations of Advent customs which all depends on upon the denomination and the type of the service that is being observed. Through these symbols, we can simply get an overview. Well, there is a great difference in how we approach the Advent season and the way we present the realities of the first Advent.
When it comes to connecting the First and the Second Advent then one can easily connect both the comings of Jesus Christ and can celebrate them together. The first Advent defines the setting up of hope of believers in the promised Second Advent. Choosing your Church’s Advent Wreath, Lighting of the Advent Candles, Participation of everyone in Worship, Choosing a particular Advent theme and more are the things that make this day more special and successful.