Advent begins this coming Sunday, December 2. Advent comes from the Latin word adventus, meaning "coming" and is the four Sundays before Christmas and the days in between. The season of Advent has been set aside as a time of preparation for Christmas since at least the last half of the 6th century. Advent is a time for self-examination and asking for forgiveness as the church is preparing for Christ’s Second Coming even as it prepares for Christmas.
To assist in observing this season, King of Peace provides a free booklet, Celebrating Advent in the Home available in print form at the church and online: .PDF format here. Included is a nightly Advent Wreath service as well as other practical suggestions for marking the four weeks leading up to Christmas.
We also offer web pages with information on the season here: Celebrate Advent.
One more way to share the joy of Christmas is to send a note of thanks to a soldier, sailor, airman, or Marine serving overseas this year. There is a program by Xerox to help you do just this: Just Say Thanks.
The Rev. Frank Logue, Pastor + King of Peace Episcopal Church