The word “Advent” is derived from the Latin word adventus, meaning “coming,” which is a translation of the Greek word parousia. Today, the Advent season lasts for four Sundays leading up to Christmas. Our Christian year begins with the twelve-day celebration (The 12 Days of Christmas, It’s a real thing!) of Christmastide, which lasts from Christmas Eve until Epiphany on January 6. (Advent begins on the Sunday that falls between November 27th and December 3rd each year.) In our church, the candles represent hope, peace, love and joy. The third candle, representing love, is a different color (pink) than the other three, representing the importance of love as the greatest of all the qualities that abide eternally. The middle candle (white) is the Christ Candle. Join us as we light a candle every Sunday in Advent, and the Christ Candle Christmas Eve.