Advent: The Season of Waiting

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Advent starts four weeks before Christmas to prepare our hearts for the true revelation of Christmas–a small child who came to bring hope, peace, love, joy, and light to the world.

The word Advent comes from the Latin word Adventus and literally means “coming.” During these four weeks, Advent reminds us to anticipate the coming of our great King. This anticipation prepares us for the first coming of the Christ child–a baby born of a virgin, the promised Savior—and it keeps us ready for his second coming–the moment when Christ returns to restore perfection and righteousness to our broken world.

Each Sunday of Advent introduces a new theme of the season. In this guide, each Sunday includes something to do (Act), something to read (Read), a question to consider (Ask), and a Christmas song to listen to (Hear).