Thursday, December 1, 2016

First Week of Advent...

This past Sunday marked the official beginning of Advent.

It signifies that the four weeks before Christmas, we get ready for the birth of the Baby Jesus.

It helps us to remember the real reason for the season. 

For decades now, an advent wreath has graced the center of our kitchen table throughout Advent.

It includes three purple candles and one pink one.

Before each meal, we light one candle and say a prayer.

 As the weeks go on, the other candles are also lighted. 

The Advent wreath  helps us to stop what we are doing and be quiet while we pray and listen to the word of God.

It's a peaceful moment amid the hustle and bustle of the holiday season.



Terra Hangen said...

We had Advent wreaths at our house when our children were growing up; they are a perfect tradition aren't they?

Chatty Crone said...

No, not in the house, but our church does it every Sunday in advent at the service... love, sandie

diane.stetson said...

I used to have one when the children were growing up but not anymore. I rely on the one at church every Sunday until Christmas.

Linda O'Connell said...

What a lovely way to remember the true meaning of Christmas.

Barbara Neubeck said...

.. no I don't have an Advent wreath Susan.. but it is a beautiful way to centre ourselves on the coming of the Christ Child.. xxxxxxx
...have a wonderful day .... Barb xxxx

Tammy@T's Daily Treasures said...

I don't ever remember learning about advent. Perhaps I did as a child and just forgot. It's only through blogging that I've learned of the traditions based around it. Happy December!

Curtains in My Tree said...

Yes we had an advent mass at church for beginning of Advent. I don't have a wreath just always remember the reason for this season

Donna Volkenannt said...

Thanks for this lovely post.

Yes, we do have an advent wreath in our house. Advent is a special time in our family and neighborhood.

At our parish each year, we have a celebration called advent by candlelight. It's an evening for women to gather together, decorate their tables with advent decorations, share snacks and be entertained (most years it's a local group of bell ringers) complemented by prayer and an inspirational guest speaker. Last year our speaker was a Jesuit priest. This year it's a local inspirational writer. (Men in the parish have a similar evening called Advent by Tailgate.)

Proceeds from the evening go to our local St. Vincent de Paul conference to help serve our neighbors who need help paying their utility bills or rent, or need groceries when their food stamps run out.

Sorry for this long comment, but your post inspired me to share what we do for Advent in our neck of the woods.

Lady Linda said...

I always have an Advent wreath. I love the custom. It's a great way to keep your focus during the busy Christmas season.

Babs said...

We always had one, and tried to eat dinner together.

Red Rose Alley said...

I saw the most beautiful wreath in purples and pinks inside my church the other day. I'm sure it was meant for Advent. I like your advent wreath, and how nice that you light a candle every day and say a prayer. Say one for your good friend, Sheri, sometime. :)

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