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Monday, November 29, 2010

Advent:The Lighting of the First Candle

Do you celebrate Advent?

{Two years ago, we as a family began the Christmas tradition of celebrating Advent. Each Sunday night of the Christmas season, we light a candle on the Advent wreath~ each candle with its own name and meaning. This is something we do in church each Sunday, but I wanted to do it at home as well. I have shared this on my "Nest to Keep" blog both years, but wanted to share it here at Beautiful Nest this year. For next week, I will have my Advent wreath unpacked and set up. I am still rummaging through the Christmas decoration boxes, so we have a makeshift candle this week.....}


{The first candle is the Prophecy candle.}

When we light this candle, we are in anticipation of Christ's birth. We remember that, long before He came, God gave His promise~ the promise of a Savior who would truly change the world. No longer would we live separated from God by our sin, and no longer would death have the last say.

"For unto us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace."
~ Isaiah 9: 6

O come, O come, Emmanuel,

And ransom captive Israel,

That mourns in lonely exile here

Until the Son of God appear.

{Rejoice! Rejoice!


Shall come to thee,

O Israel!}

~Words: Latin, c. 12th century; Music: Plain song, v. 13th century


Normally I will do these Advent posts on Sundays. Due to sickness, I had to postpone this one!

I hope you all are having a wonderful week so far, and thank you so much for coming by!




Robin Beck said...

Love this post, it gave me the Holy Spirit chills :)

Thanks for sharing!


Emily @ Finding My Aloha said...

Sorry to hear you were under the weather, I hope you are feeling better! I love the advent tradition too!

michelle said...

Beautiful post and a beautiful candle. Hope you are feeling better!

Tara said...

What a great tradition! Maybe it is one we should start in our family too. Can't wait to see your wreath.

We've had sickness here too! Hope everyone in your house is better.

Sarah @ Modern Country Style said...

I really love the idea of celebrating Advent. I suppose we do in an informal an Advent Candle each night, Advent calendars (do they count...?!) and thinking about Jesus' birth but I rather like the idea of formalising it. I'll be watching how you do it with interest!

I'm so sorry to hear you're under the weather. You poor love. I hope you get better very soon.


Anonymous said...

That is an awesome tradition! We don't do advent at home. The church that I grew up in did it and the kids participated and lit the candle. It was something I looked forward to every year.