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Date(s) - 25/11/2022 - 23/12/2022
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The Season of Advent
Join us on zoom for weekly reflections on scripture during Advent in preparation for Christmas

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The word “advent” means appearing, arrival, to come. Advent is the Church’s time of preparation for celebrating God’s gift
of his Son. Our liturgy will gather the great Advent themes of hope, expectation and preparation. During Advent we recall
Christ’s coming at Bethlehem and we look forward to his second coming at the end of time. Advent is a season of joyful
expectation.
The predominant colour during Advent is purple. Unlike Lent, Advent is not a penitential season. The purple colour
represents hope, expectation and healing. It is one of the royal colours. We are preparing to welcome the King, the “sun of
justice” who “will shine out with healing in its rays”. (Mal 4:2 NRSV, 3:20 Jerusalem)
The custom of the Advent Wreath began in Germany in the 16th century. It symbolises the many years that the people of
Israel waited in darkness for the coming of the expected Saviour. The light of the wreath grows steadily during our Advent
prayer.
Advent has two parts. The first two Sundays focus on preparing for Jesus’ return at the end of time. The second two
Sundays focus on preparing to celebrate the anniversary of Jesus’ birth.
The Gospels of the Sundays in Advent have four great movements: 1. Stay Awake! 2. Prepare! 3. Rejoice! and 4. Receive!
Advent is a journey from Maranatha! Come, Lord Jesus! to Emmanuel. God-is-with-us