Advent is Here

Photo credit: Alexa Tabone

Christmas is coming. But first, there’s Advent. And what is that, you may ask? The word “advent” means “coming” and for Christians, Advent is a time of preparation to celebrate Christ’s birth (his first coming) as well as his Second Coming. Advent begins on the fourth Sunday before Christmas day, (so November 28 was the first day this year) and is celebrated with wreaths, candles, and calendars.

Several of us on staff have been marking the season with Biola University’s Center for Christianity, Culture & the Arts with the Advent Project. CCCA puts together an online devotional during the seasons of Advent and Lent. This year’s theme for advent is the canticles, non-metrical songs that are found in the Bible, outside of the Psalms.

If you’re looking to put more Jesus in your advent (in addition to the treat in your wall hanger) you can pull it up everyday or subscribe and have it sent to your inbox. You’ll find a scripture passage, a devotional written by a guest author, a poem, a piece of visual artwork, and a piece of music. Under the “About” tab, you can learn about the artist, the poet, and the musicians (writers and performers). It’s a great way to start your day, reflect on the mystery of Christmas, learn a new song, and hear the promises of God.

We hope that however you choose to celebrate this Advent season, you will be blessed as we prepare to celebrate Christ’s first coming and wait expectantly for the Second Coming of our Savior. Come Lord Jesus!

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