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.
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
ADVENT COLLECTION 2
ADVENT VIDEO PREVIEW: WEEK 1
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).