Advent, translated from the Latin word for ‘coming’, is a season observed in many Christian churches as a time of expectant waiting and preparation for the celebration of the Nativity of Jesus at Christmas.
No one is really sure when Advent was first recognized or celebrated but it appears to date back to at least 567 AD (or earlier) when monks were ordered to fast during December leading up to Christmas.
Some of the traditions observed during Advent include …
- Candle lighting. One candle is lit on the first Sunday of Advent, two are lit on the second Sunday and so on. Each candle has a different meaning in Christianity.
- Fasting. Some people fast during advent to help them concentrate on preparing to celebrate Jesus’s coming.
- Advent Calendars. Mostly made from cardboard, each day of Advent is a “window” on the calendar. Consecutive windows are opened every day leading up to Christmas, beginning at the start of the Advent season for that year.
(Read more about the Advent and Christmas traditions here: The Tradition of Advent)
New Thought leaders teach that Advent is a time to remember that we are Spiritual Beings having a human experience. We celebrate the coming of light in the form of the Christ child and the star of Bethlehem; with love as the message that Jesus spread throughout his earthly ministry.
As a special tradition to share during this time, a daily Advent Affirmation and message is posted on the Spiritual Abundance Facebook Page.
These timely affirmations are from the Unity booklet: A World of Hope. If you want to follow along and read the daily affirmations, you can still order a digital copy of the booklet from Unity.
(NOTE: It was my intention to publish and send out this article last week, but our internet was down and I was unable to do so! But it is not too late to participate in the daily affirmations!)
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