Advent, which begins on Sunday, November 30th this year, is the most unpopular liturgical season. One problem is that most Christians don’t know what Advent is -- that it begins the Christian year with focus on the nativity. The liturgical color is purple, because that is the color of royalty and the color of penance and preparation. Historically Advent and Lent were connected to remind Christians of the connection between the manger and the cross, humble birth and humiliating death.
That brings up the second problem with Advent’s unpopularity. Who wants to be patiently penitent during the Christmas season in a fast-paced culture that is used to fast service and “having it your way?” Who wants to be somber and reverent when joyful Christmas decorations and cheery music have been hanging up and playing before Thanksgiving?
Here is my simple question to you: Is Advent worth the wait?
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