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With Christmas and the new year just around the corner, we know your team is hard at work to prepare powerful content that proclaims the gospel and brings your community together. The Advent season provides an important opportunity to build anticipation as the celebration of Christ’s birth nears.
Much like Lent, Advent is a time of waiting, preparation, and penance that has been a tradition since around 567 A.D.
The term Advent comes from the Latin adventus meaning “a coming or arrival.” It’s a season marked by hope and joy as we prepare for Christmas—the arrival of Jesus.
The season of Advent takes place during the four Sundays leading up to Christmas Day and always ends on Christmas Eve. Advent 2023 begins on Sunday, December 3, and comes to a close on Sunday, December 24.
An Advent calendar is used to mark every day of Advent leading up to Christmas. These often have a symbol, prompt, or gift for each day that is gradually revealed as Christmas approaches.
Today, many secular Advent calendars are filled with candy, toys, and other items unrelated to the nativity of Jesus. However, a Christian Advent calendar might include Bible verses, prayer prompts, or symbols that point back to the real meaning of the season and encourage spiritual preparation.
The Advent season always begins on a Sunday and includes the four Sundays leading up to Christmas. Many churches use special candles to represent the four Advent Sundays. For example, a common variation is:
Advent is a profound time of year to spiritually prepare for Christmas, honor the birth of Christ, and spread the good news of the gospel. We’re honored to partner with over 16,000 churches and organizations during this season and beyond to increase engagement, expand your reach, and make more disciples!
Be sure to check out these free resources for your church to make a bigger impact this holiday season!
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