The Season of Advent
The season of Advent commences four Sundays before Christmas (this year, Sunday 1 December) and prepares us to enter more deeply and fully into this spiritual festival.
Christmas is the Festival of the Birth of Light and so the motif of light should be used throughout the Advent season to prepare us for the breaking through of that true light into our hearts and consciousness. The ancient European tradition of the daily burning of an Advent candle is a beautiful reminder of the coming of the light of the world, and a good focus for daily contemplations during Advent.
Each day, as a portion of the candle is burned, it grows smaller and the source of physical light diminishes. It reminds us that even “though our outer nature is wasting away, our inner nature is being renewed every day, because we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen”. On Christmas day, then the candle has been completely melted away, the true light has come.
- See Rev Mario Schoenmaker’s daily meditations for Advent.
- See details of Rev Robert John’s Advent workshops.