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Sunday, November 29, 2015

Advent Officially Begins

Today officially marks the first Sunday of Advent honored throughout Christian churches in Western Culture as the four weeks preparation until the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ on Christmas Day.

The main symbol of the holiday is the Advent Wreath which traditionally holds four - or five - candles on a green wreath: three purple (or red) candles, one pink candle, and in many cases a white candle set in the middle. Each candle and the wreath itself symbolizes some important aspect of the Christians faith. 

The circle of the wreath: The Eternity of God. 
The evergreen wreath: Life & Immortality. 
The first candle: Hope. 
The second candle: Preparation.
The third candle: Joy.
The fourth (pink) candle: Love. 
The fifth (white) candle: Jesus Christ.
The five lit candles: The Light of the World. 

Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and the lineage of David, to be registered with Mary, his betrothed wife, who was with child. ~Luke 2: 4-5

To all my brothers and sisters in Christ, may all of y'all have a Blessed Advent and a Happy Holiday Season.

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