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From Fr. John: Why we do what we do in Advent

The new liturgical year is coming in a few short weeks. On Sunday, November 24th, we will celebrate the Feast of Christ the King. That is also the last day of the liturgical year. The following Sunday is the first day of the new liturgical year, when we will start using Year A of the Revised Common Lectionary that focuses on the Gospel of Matthew. That Sunday, as always, is also the first Sunday of Advent, which warrants a little explanation!

Advent is the first season of the liturgical year for Episcopalians, Lutherans, Roman Catholics, Moravians, Presbyterians and Methodists, as well as those who use the Western Rite in Orthodox Church. Those of us in the Western church have four Sundays in Advent, and always finishes on Christmas Eve. If that falls on a Sunday, it is considered to be the fourth Sunday of Advent. For some Eastern Orthodox churches, Advent starts on November 15th. For those that celebrate Christmas on the 7th of January, Advent starts on November 28th.

The word “advent” comes from the Latin, “adventus,” meaning “arrival,” which is a translation of the Greek word “parousia” (Confused yet?). Whatever the word, we are referring to the Second Coming of Christ. Since the time of St. Bernard of Clairvaux, Advent has anticipated the coming of Christ from three different perspectives: first, in the incarnation of the Word made Flesh in Bethlehem; secondly, in our hearts daily; and thirdly, in anticipation of Christ coming in glory.

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