Happy New Year! It is the beginning of a new year for all of us, all around the world.
Do you know the symbolism about these 4 precious weeks as we prepare ourselves for Christmas:
An ancient Christian custom has been the lighting of the Advent Candle during the Sundays in Advent when worshippers gathered together. We’re re-introducing this valuable tradition in our own Worship on these Sundays prior to Christmas.
Lighting of the First Advent Candle
The first candle reminds us of the prophets who believed in God during dark days and looked forward to the coming of Christ. Isaiah writes: “The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light. Those who dwell in a land of deep darkness, on them has light shined.”
The Second Advent Candle
Reminds us of the Word of God contained in Holy Scripture which reveals to us the character of God and of His love for men and women, culminating in the coming of Jesus, our Lord and Saviour.
Lighting of the Third Advent Candle reminds us of John the Baptist, who called men and women to change their ways of living to prepare for the coming of Christ. John writes “the light shines in the darkness and the darkness has not overcome it. There was a man sent from God whose name was John. He came to bear witness to the light that all might believe through him”.
The Fourth Advent Candle reminds us of Mary, who simply and gladly responded to the call of God. Luke writes:
“And Mary said, “Behold the handmaid of the Lord. Be it unto me according to Your word … Tell out, my soul, the greatness of the Lord. Rejoice. My spirit in God my Saviour. So tenderly has He looked upon His servant, humble as she is. For, from this day forth, all generations shall call me blessed, so wonderfully has He dealt with me, the Lord, The Mighty One”.
May our Lord bless you mightily over these next few weeks.