Today November 29, 2009 is the first Sunday of Advent this year. Advent is a tradition of candle lighting and scripture reading, starting four Sunday's prior to Christmas and ending on Christmas Eve. Advent starts by lighting one purple candle, then proceeding with an additional candle each sunday. The sunday before Christmas all three purple candles and the pink candle are lit, and on Christmas Eve all the candles are lit. The dictionary definition of the word advent is: 1)The arrival of a notable person, event, or thing. This is a tradition that I grew up with at church and always looked forward to and enjoyed. I always wanted to be the family that was chosen to read the Christmas Scriptures, but we were never chosen.
The church we attend now does not practice Advent so I decided to use my blog to carry on this beloved tradition.
The scripture for today is:
Jeremiah 33: 14 - 16
14Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will perform that good thing which I have promised unto the house of Israel and to the house of Judah.
15In those days, and at that time, will I cause the Branch of righteousness to grow up unto David; and he shall execute judgment and righteousness in the land.
16In those days shall Judah be saved, and Jerusalem shall dwell safely: and this is the name wherewith she shall be called, The LORD our righteousness.