The Christ of advent

Advent in Latin means ‘coming’, and so the advent season is when we look forward to celebrating the coming of Jesus into the world.

You may have seen many churches light an advent candle on each of the four Sundays of advent, and a central fifth candle on Christmas Day.

Worship during advent is almost like a round up of all things that Christmas represents to Christians, with the candles representing the light of God coming to earth as the Christ-child.

Each of the four advent candles has a meaning

  • Hope
  • Peace
  • Love
  • Joy

On Christmas Day we traditionally light the fifth and final candle – the central candle – as we celebrate the birth of Christ. We celebrate because we know that He is the light of the world, and if we follow him, we will never walk in darkness, because we know the true light of life.

I pray that today, as you celebrate Christmas, you will know the true hope, peace, love and joy that only Jesus can provide, as we celebrate the birth of the light of the world, Jesus.

Merry CHRISTmas!

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