What is Advent? : Advent is the name of the season that is witnessed in many Christian churches in which Christians prepare for the celebration in order to remember and honor the birth of Jesus Christ, Christmas.
It is celebrated as a time of hopeful waiting as well as planning for the festivity of the Nativity of Jesus at Christmas along with the return of Jesus at the second coming. The word Advent is also derived from the Latin phrase “Adventus Domini”, which means the arrival of the Lord. In addition to that, the term “Advent” is also used in Eastern Orthodoxy for the 40-day Nativity Fast, which had witnesses different from those in the West.
When Does Advent Start This Year in 2019?
This year in 2019, the Advent season is going to start from 1st December 2019 (Sunday) and is going to end on Tuesday, 24th December 2019. The significance of the day is to prepare for the commemoration of the birth of Jesus.
Advent Customs and Celebrations
The Advent season is of variable time length, therefore the start date for this season changes each year. It begins on the fourth Sunday before Christmas Day, therefore it is also known as Advent Sunday and First Sunday of Advent, which can fall between November 27 and December 3, as well as it always ends on Christmas Eve.
Some of the common customs are observed in churches as well as at home during Advent is the decoration of the house with an Advent wreath embellished with candles. In addition to that, the practices related with Advent comprises of keeping an Advent calendar lighting an Advent wreath, praying an Advent daily devotional, establishing a Chrismon tree, lighting a Christingle, setting up Christmas decorations as well as a tradition that is occasionally done by formal worshipping through a hanging of the greens ceremony.
Advent Dates: 2019- 2024
|Advent 2019||Sunday, December 1, 2019||Tuesday, December 24, 2019|
|Advent 2020||Sunday, November 29, 2020||Thursday, December 24, 2020|
|Advent 2021||Sunday, November 28, 2021||Friday, December 24, 2021|
|Advent 2022||Sunday, November 27, 2022||Saturday, December 24, 2022|
|Advent 2023||Sunday, December 3, 2023||Sunday, December 24, 2023|
|Advent 2024||Sunday, December 1, 2024||Tuesday, December 24, 2024|
Four Advent Sundays
Usually, the themes that match up to every week to fall into these categories:
Week 1: Hope or promise
Week 2: Preparation waiting or prophecy
Week 3: Joy or peace
Week 4: Love or adoration
While the variances in weekly Advent themes might possibly be confusing, but at the same time, we can unite in our desire to quiet our hearts for the duration of a hectic holiday season, as well as to worship Jesus. In addition to that, the good news is that one can easily mix and match these weekly themes definitely with several Advent readings that are going to be best serve your worshipers or your family. There is also no right or wrong way for observing Advent as long as you’re coming to God with a genuine and open heart.
The days are coming, says the LORD,
when I will fulfill the promise
I made it to the house of Israel and Judah.
In those days, in that time,
I will raise up for David a just shoot ;
he shall do what is right and just in the land.
In those days Judah shall be safe
and Jerusalem shall dwell secure;
this is what they shall call her:
“The LORD our justice.”
Brothers and sisters:
May the Lord make you increase and abound in love
for one another and for all,
just as we have for you,
so as to strengthen your hearts,
to be blameless in holiness before our God and Father
at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all his holy ones. Amen.
Finally, brothers and sisters,
we earnestly ask and exhort you in the Lord Jesus that,
as you received from us
how you should conduct yourselves to please God
and as you are conducting yourselves
you do so even more.
For you know what instructions we gave you through the Lord Jesus.