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Sermon Notes

Advent is from the Latin adventus meaning “coming.” Advent is traditionally a time when Christians memorialize the coming of Christ in His incarnation and anticipate Christ’s imminent return as cosmic judge and king. There are various themes and traditions involved with the Advent season, but the most common is the systematic lighting of 5 candles as part of an Advent wreath. Each candle is representative of a theme or concept related to anticipating and celebrating the coming of Jesus Christ. Hope, Love, Joy, and Peace are the word- themes most commonly associated with the first four candles. Each is lighted in succession over the span of 4 weeks, and the fifth candle is traditionally lighted on Christmas day. The last candle symbolizes Christ Himself, and its lighting becomes the final memorial of the Christmastime expectation and celebration.”ADVENT | DAWN OF HOPE”.