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TheĀ AdventĀ season begins Sunday, November 29th, and is a wonderful way to look back to what God has done for us, while also looking forward to His future Second Coming. Discover our two video collections, containing 5 videos each, for two approaches to engage with the 4 weeks of Advent. We hope that this free resource is a blessing and encouragement to your body of believers.

 

You have our permission to play these videos in your church service or Bible study group; we only ask that they are not altered in any way.

HISTORY OF ADVENT

What is Advent? Advent is from a Latin word meaning "coming" and has existed in the Christian church since at least the fifth century. It begins the fourth Sunday before Christmas, marking four weeks of distinct themes related to aspects of Christ's birth.

 

Specific to the Advent tradition is the Advent wreath. This wreath features four candles, often including a fifth white candle in the center. In the Catholic tradition, the four main candles include three violet or purple candles, symbolizing penance, and a rose candle for the third Sunday to represent Gaudete Sunday, a term meaning "to rejoice" in Latin.
 

Protestant churches also sometimes use four red candles as a color associated with Christmas along with a white center candle that is lit at either a Christmas Eve or Christmas Day service. The white candle represents the birth of Christ and His coming or "Advent" to earth. Many add that it represents Jesus as the light of the world.

 

In many Protestant traditions, the four wreath candles symbolize hope, peace, love, and joy. Each week also includes a biblical reading. This first week of Advent focuses on the angel's appearance to Zechariah in Luke chapter 1. The birth of John the Baptist would prepare the way for the Lord.

 

As you focus on the first week of Advent, you can also prepare your heart for the Christmas season. While many will focus on the foods, gifts, or time with loved ones, don't forget the true reason for Christmas-the celebration of Christ's Advent as Emmanuel, God with us.

ADVENT COLLECTION 1

This original collection of Advent videos focuses on the themes associated with each week of Advent: hope, love, joy, and peace. With beautiful imagery and poignant messages, this collection is an engaging option for church groups or as a personal reminder of the "reason for the season."

ADVENT VIDEO PREVIEW: WEEK 5

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ADVENT COLLECTION 2

ADVENT VIDEO PREVIEW: WEEK 1

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Our newest Advent video collection focuses specifically on the scripture passages often associated with each week: the annunciation to Zechariah (Luke 1:5-25), the annunciation to Mary (Luke 1:26-38), Mary's visit to Elizabeth and the birth of John the Baptist (Luke 1:39-66), Zechariah's prophecy (Luke 1:67-80), and the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ (Luke 2:1-20).