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11/30/2007

Celebrate Advent


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.

Advent WreathTo 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.

peace,
Frank+
The Rev. Frank Logue, Pastor + King of Peace Episcopal Church

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  • At 11/30/2007 7:48 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    ADVENT??? CHRISTMAS??? Is it that time of year again? I haven't noticed!!! :)

     
  • At 11/30/2007 8:02 AM, Anonymous kenny said…

    You haven't been to WalMart lately, have you? :)

     
  • At 11/30/2007 9:05 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Wal-Mart? Is that the place with the Christmas tension so thick that you can cut it with a knife? Haven't noticed. I also haven't noticed that my neighbor took down HALLOWEEN LIGHTS and replaced them with Christmas lights and a tree in the window on November 1st. I haven't noticed all the Christmas carolling on the radio several weeks before Thanksgiving either. And what about all the pressure from the media to Buy, Buy, Buy? Nope, haven't noticed!

    Actually, I have noticed that I am completely frustrated with the "Christmas" season before it has arrived. I want to crawl under a rock! Maybe I can crawl under the small rock that sits outside of a manger in Bethlehem a peer out at just the right time to bask in the glory of the Wonderous Miracle that this season should truly be about! Thank goodness Advent is here so I have time to prepare!

    See you at Wal-Mart. :)

     
  • At 11/30/2007 9:12 AM, Blogger Rhonda said…

    I have a question about the wise men. When did they visit Christ? Was it when he was a baby, or when he was a toddler? I have been told that He was a toddler.

    We know that Herod, according to Matthew killed all the male children under the age of 2. Why male children under the age of 2 if Jesus was just being born?

     
  • At 11/30/2007 5:59 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    The 12th day of Christmas is when we recognize the 3 wise men coming to see Jesus. So, since they are part of the Nativity scene, I guess Jesus was an infant. (How long did the Holy Family live in the manger anyway?)

    Harod was playing it safe by killing the males 2 and under because he wasn't exactly sure when Jesus was born. There had been rumors of His birth for a long time before He was actually born.

     
  • At 12/01/2007 11:41 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Actually, the gospel says that they came to the house where the child Jesus and his mother were. I would guess that meant they were no longer in the stable.

     

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