Advent marks the beginning of the church year. It is a time for reflection in darkness, for renewal of hope and for a movement towards a beginning.
The season of Advent, as it first emerged in the Church in the fourth and fifth centuries, lasted, like Lent, for 40 days. Later tradition developed the Advent we know today, of four Sundays before Christmas Day.
It is a season of expectation and preparation as the Church prepares to celebrate the coming of Christ. Church decorations are simple and sparse, and purple is the traditional colour used. Advent falls at the darkest time of the year, and the natural symbols of darkness and light are powerfully at work throughout Advent and Christmas.
Advent Prayer Pack
Created by former Faith & Nurture Adviser Ronni Lamont for Canterbury Diocese, the Advent Prayer Pack for use by families, schools, churches and individuals. It offers interactive prayer ideas themed around the Advent wreath all now available to download here: