An Advent Blessing
May the Sun of Righteousness shine upon you
and scatter the darkness from before your path;
and the blessing of God Almighty,
the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,
be among you, and remain with you always.
As the days continue to shorten, and the church begins another year, may the blessing of Advent make room for the blessing of Christ’s presence in your life. God’s goodness shines through the darkness, and gathers the most wonderful mix of heaven and earth into one.
– The Rev. Kelly Kirby, Rector
What is Advent?
“The time before Christmas is Advent, a season of preparation for Christmas. Christians prepare for celebrating the birth of Jesus by remembering the longing of the Jews for a Messiah. In Advent, we’re reminded of how much we ourselves also need a Savior, and we look forward to our Savior’s second coming even as we prepare to celebrate his first coming at Christmas. The word ‘Advent’ comes from the Latin word adventus, which means ‘coming’ or ‘visit.’ In the season with this name, we keep in mind both ‘advents’ of Christ, the first in Bethlehem and the second yet to come.” READ MORE