Oakley United Methodist Church
Wednesday, January 16, 2019
Bringing Joy to God and Our Neighbors

What is ADVENT?

Advent CandlesWhat is "ADVENT?"
 
Advent means "coming" in Latin.  It is that special season in which we celebrate Christ's first coming into the world.  Advent is the period of four Sundays and weeks before Christmas (or sometimes from the 1st day of December to Christmas Day!).
 
No one is sure when Advent was first celebrated but it dates back to at least 567 AD, when monks were ordered to fast during December leading up to Christmas.   
There are some Christmas Carols that are truly Advent Carols! These include 'People Look East', 'Come, thou long expected Jesus', 'Lo! He comes, with clouds descending' and perhaps the most popular Advent song 'O Come, O Come Emmanuel!’ **(https://www.whychristmas.com/customs/advent.shtml)