Advent begins on the fourth Sunday prior to Christmas Day, or the Sunday which falls closest to November 30, and lasts through Christmas Eve, or December 24. When Christmas Eve falls on a Sunday, it is the last, or fourth Sunday of Advent.
From. the Latin word, adventus meaning "coming or arriving" Advent is a
period of spiritual preparation in which Christians make themselves ready
for the coming, or birth of the Lord, Jesus Christ. Celebrating Advent
typically involves a season of prayer, fasting and repentance, followed by
anticipation, hope and joy; a time to remember the true meaning of Christmas
- the birth of our Savior.
Moravian Star is hung in the church sanctuary on the first Sunday of Advent and remains up until
Epiphany, January 6, or the time of the coming of the Magi. It is
viewed as a symbol
of the birth of Jesus and represents the Star of Bethlehem reminding us of the star that pointed to the "great and heavenly light from
Bethlehem's manger shining bright." The Light shines in the darkness, and
the darkness has not overcome it. This is the message of the Advent Star,
which also points to Jesus, who said, "I am the bright and Morning Star." It
is the star of promise, the star of fulfillment, and the star of hope.
is a Christian holy day celebrating the magi's visit to the Christ child.
The three magi (wise men from the East) came to do homage to the infant
Jesus (Matthew 2:1-12). Traditionally called Caspar, Melchior, and
Epiphany is normally defined as a moment in which one
suddenly sees or understands something in a very
or very clear
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