Liturgical Season

As Christians in the Anglican Tradition, we follow the Church Calendar in order to establish a life-rhythm whereby we regularly focus on various aspects of the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, and on the gift of the Holy Spirit. Doing so helps us better understand how all these aspects of the Christian Narrative intersect with our everyday lives.

Advent

Advent is the beginning of the Church Year. It is a time of anticipation, a time of preparation, and a time of remembrance.

Advent and Christmas are often confused. The confusion arises because most North Americans begin celebrating Christmas before it arrives. Waking up the day after the American Thanksgiving Day, folks start singing Christmas carols, and putting up Christmas trees. It’s called “the most wonderful time of the year,” and a jolly old time it is with its lights, family times, and cheer.

But, meanwhile, at the local Anglican church, you find a different atmosphere.

Suddenly, you have left behind the smell of pine and the celebration of Christmas and entered into a world of Old Testament Prophets, John the Baptist, and powerful angels announcing future events.

A subdued tone fills the music, minor keys abound, and a Christmas tree is (often) nowhere to be seen.



To learn more about Advent, click here to read A Rookie Anglican Guide to Advent.