Family Advent Customs
Family Advent Customs

Family Advent Customs

Author: Administrator Account/Thursday, October 31, 2013/Categories: Advent Articles

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Advent customs and traditions don’t have to be elaborate to hold special meaning. They can be as simple as lighting the Advent wreath candles, sharing advent Scriptures and prayers before meals, or setting up the family crèche. Traditions such as these can help form warm memories for our children. They can also help us pass on valuable lessons about our faith.

Advent marks the beginning of the Church calendar year. It starts on the Sunday following the Solemnity of Christ the King 9a Sunday at the end of November or beginning of December) and ends Christmas eve with the celebration of the Vigil Mass.

During the four weeks of Advent we commemorate the coming of Jesus to Bethlehem more than 2,000 years ago; we prepare for his final coming at the end of the world; and we celebrate his coming into our hearts today. 

In a spirit of anxious anticipation we prepare once again, with grateful hearts, to celebrate the coming of Jesus, our Savior and Lord. 

Advent customs and traditions don’t have to be elaborate to hold special meaning. They can be as simple as lighting the Advent wreath candles, sharing advent Scriptures and prayers before meals, or setting up the family crèche. Traditions such as these can help form warm memories for our children. They can also help us pass on valuable lessons about our faith. 

The most common symbol for Advent is the Advent wreath. Its circular shape, formed by evergreens, is a symbol of eternal life. Its three purple candles symbolize our time of waiting, our time of repenting, our time of preparing for the Lord. Its pink candle represents a time for rejoicing as we move closer to Christmas. The light cast from the candles reminds us of Jesus, the Light of the World. 

For many families, the Advent wreath also serves as a centerpiece for the dining room table. As they gather for meals, the wreath provides a visual reminder that Jesus is the reason for their coming celebrations.

 Advent wreath ceremonies combine the lighting of the Advent wreath candles with readings from Scripture plus songs and/or prayers. The Scripture readings speak of watching, waiting and hoping; they speak of preparing and living at peace; they speak of rejoicing and light, and they speak of love and the coming of the Lord. 

Advent wreath ceremonies provide wonderful opportunities for communal prayer, whether they’re held with family members before meals, over the PA  system at school, with classmates gathered around the prayer table at religious education classes, or with parishioners at daily Mass. With Scripture readings, simple prayers and lit candles, a meaningful tradition is handed on to the next generation of faith.

Excerpted from The Advent-Christmas Book by Joan Marie Arbogast:


A complete guide to the Advent-Christmas season for teachers and parents!

The Advent-Christmas season is one of the most celebrated and meaningful seasons of the year, especially for children. The Advent-Christmas Book is the answer for teachers and parents who want to keep Christ in Christmas, create meaningful family tradition, and celebrate the season in classroom and home with handmade kid-friendly crafts, gifts, and recipes.

 


 

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