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posted Nov 30, 2012, 7:27 AM by Lorrie Slaymaker
Advent, according to general dictionary means the arrival of a notable person place or thing.  In the Church however, we are very specific, Advent is the season celebrating the coming of Christ.  

We begin Advent by starting on the Sunday that is four weeks prior to the nativity of the Lord, Christmas. This year Advent begins on December 2.   We read scripture that connects us to the eternal deepness, hearing the voices of prophets from an ancient age holding fast to salvation through God.  It is a season of preparation as we hear Jesus words of a time that is yet to come, a future that re-connects to the very beginning of time and creation, in and with God. And Advent is a season, that is present here, now, in our lives.  It is a wonderful mixture of mystery, eternity, the future, and always the present moment, bringing  us all so close to God in Christ.  We sing and shout, 'come let us adore him,' as we prepare the way for Christ, to come once again.