Come, thou long expected Jesus,
born to set thy people free;
from our fears and sins release us,
let us find our rest in thee.
Advent is a season of waiting, expecting, and hoping. Beginning four Sundays prior to Christmas and ending on Christmas Eve, Advent helps us prepare for the coming, or “advent” of the Christ child at Christmas. (The word “advent” comes from the Latin word that means “coming.”)
For hundreds of years, Christians have used an Advent wreath to inspire their hopes for the coming of Christ. By lighting candles and reading Bible verses, we are reminded about the meaning of Christ’s birth and become more excited about his coming in the past, in the future, and in our own lives.
In Luke 2:10-11, we read how an angel appeared to some shepherds in the fields, and said to them, “I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Saviour, who is Christ the Lord.” In Luke 2:16, we read how the shepherds “came with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the Babe lying in a manger,” and verse 21 tells us that “when eight days were completed for the circumcision of the child, His name was called Jesus, the name given by the angel before He was conceived in the womb.” Jesus is the Saviour and Messiah who was announced by the angels in the Nativity.
Advent is a celebration of hope concerning the arrival of our Lord Jesus. We are going to celebrate Advent at St Paul’s Church Breadfruit by reviewing some of the prophecies about the Messiah, and by relating these prophecies through the symbols of Advent – which are the wreath and candles. We would also be hosting special services of Carols and Lessons. Please refer to our events page.
God bless you.