Advent Wreath
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.

starMoravian Tradition
Traditionally, the 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.

Three Wise MenEpiphany
January 6, 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 Balthazar.

Epiphany is normally defined as a moment in which one suddenly sees or understands something in a very new or very clear way.

             New Hope Moravian Church
                 2897 Sandy Ford Road
           Newton, North Carolina 28658