The church year in the West begins with a preparatory season called “Advent.” The word “advent” comes from the Latin word adventus, which means “appearing” or “coming,” referring to the appearing of a great king or even a god. In Christian usage, it refers to the appearing of Jesus Christ in two ways—His first appearing as the Child born of the Virgin Mary and His second appearing in glory on the Last Day to judge the living and the dead. You see, Advent isn’t only about getting ready for Christmas; it’s also about getting ready for Jesus’ final appearing in glory only the Last Day.
Listen to the Advent Sermons from Sunday mornings at OSLC here:
Advent 1 (November 30, 2014)
Advent 2 (December 7, 2014)
Advent 3 (December 14, 2014)
Advent 4 (December 21, 2014)