The real meaning of Advent

27 11 2011

Today is Advent Sunday, the fourth Sunday before Christmas.

When I was little, I’m sure I was always taught that advent was a time of looking forward to Christmas, looking forward to celebrating the anniversary of the birth of Christ. But today, I learnt that that’s not it’s actual meaning!

Advent means “coming” or “arrival”. It’s the time when we celebrate the anniversary of Christ’s first advent, and anticipate His second. So that’s celebrating the anniversary of the birth of Christ (rather than looking forward to celebrating it), and anticipating the day when He returns in glory!

Is this news to anyone else?!