At Fifth Avenue Baptist Church, we will begin the New Year with the season of Advent--a time to help us prepare for Christmas, when we celebrate the fulfillment of our longing for the Savior with the birth of Jesus.
Advent is the season that lasts about four weeks, beginning four Sundays before Christmas and ends on Christmas Eve.
Advent is a season of anticipation that leads up to Christmas.
During this times we observe a season of prayer and reflection--followed by anticipation, hope and joy. Each Sunday during Advent we will light a candle on the Advent Wreath. There are four candles, with the following representations:
These candles represent an aspect of the spiritual preparation for the coming of the Lord, Jesus Christ. The circle of the branches of the wreath symbolize the eternal cycle of the seasons while the evergreens and lighted candles signify the persistence of life in the midst of winter.