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Advent: The Chirst Is Coming!
The Christian season of Advent, meaning “The Christ Is Coming”, is the first season of the church year. Advent begins on Sunday closest to November 30th and continues for a total of four Sundays. This is a period of preparation for the birth of Jesus.
Maudy Thursday is the day before Good Friday The day that Jesus was arrested. This day commemorates the Last Supper, when Jesus washed the feet of the disciples.
Easter celebrates the Resurrection of Jesus. Ascension Day represents the day that Jesus’s bodily ascended into heaven and occurs forty days after Easter
The colors for Advent are purple, pink and white. The color purple specifically symbolizes penitence. Evergreen trees are a popular symbol of Advent and represents life, hope and renewal. Often round ball-shaped Christmas ornaments used on Christmas trees are a symbol of eternity and endlessness. Red berries of Holly are symbolic of Christ’s shedding of blood.
The Christmas wreath consists of four or five Advent candles placed around the wreath. The wreath represents Christ’s “Victory” over sin and temptation. It’s circular shape means that Christ is eternal and has no beginning or end. Advent is typically celebrated by the lighting of the Advent candles. These illuminated candles symbolizes Jesus as “The Light of The World”.
The three purple and one pink candles are also representative of the four Sundays of Advent. The first purple candle is lighted on first Sunday of Advent and signifies “Hope”; the second purple candle, is lighted on the second Sunday of Advent and signifies “Love”; the pink candle is lighted on the third Sunday of Advent and signifies “Joy”, the forth candle which is also purple is lighted on the fourth Sunday of Advent and signifies “Peace”. The Advent wreath may also have a white candle at it center that is traditionally lighted on Christmas eve representing the “Life” of Christ.
The Christian season of Christmastide or Yuletide begins on December 24 (Christmas Eve) and extends for 12 days through January 5, hence the Twelve Days of Christmas. ¯ Christmastide ends on the eve of Epiphany. Christmastide means “The Christ is Born”¯. It symbolizes Godhead, purity, joy and victory. The Christmastide color is white.
Christmas Day is celebrated on December 25, and represents the day that Christ was born, Christmas reflects the high point of the Advent season and is celebrated by many non-Christian as well as Christian groups.
Epiphany, which denotes a manifestation or¯showing forth in most Christian religions begins on January 6, which is the Twelfth Night after Christmas. The Epiphany season lasts for period of four to nine weeks, and ends when Lent begins. This makes the end of the epiphany season dependent upon when Easter arrives.
Epiphany typically marks two events in the life of Jesus Christ:
The color representative of the season of Epiphany is green which represents life or growth.
Epiphany is commonly referred to as Twelfth Night, Twelfth Day, Three Kings Day, or The Feast of Epiphany
Lent: A Spiritual Renewal
Lent is a time of preparation for Easter by fasting, repentance, moderation and spiritual discipline. The symbolic color for Lent is Purple.
The season of Lent signifies the forty days that Jesus spent in the desert being tempted. The Lenten season represents devotion, renewal, self-examination and penitence. Lent begins with Ash Wednesday(six and a half weeks before Easter), and extends for 40 days (excluding Sundays) prior to Easter, the day that Christ arose from the tomb. New Zion holds a special worship service on Ash Wednesday, during which time a cross made from ashes, which comes from branches used in the previous year’s Palm Sunday services, is marked on the foreheads of worshipers.
Passion Week is the final week of Lent, leading up to Easter. Passion Week is also referred to as Holy Week.
Good Friday is observed on the Friday before Easter Sunday. This is a commemoration of the passion (suffering, and death on the cross) of Jesus Christ. Good Friday symbolizes Death and the symbolic color is Black.
Eastertide is the period of fifty days (seven weeks) from Easter Sunday to Pentecost Sunday or Whitsunday. Eastertide represents Joy and Victory. It begins at sundown the evening before Easter Sunday and lasts for six additional Sundays ending at Pentecost Sunday. These seven Sundays are called the Sundays of Easter. The 40th day after Easter Sunday is often celebrated as Ascension Day and always falls on Thursday. Ascension Day marks not only the resurrection of Jesus from the dead, but also his exaltation from servanthood to Ruler and Lord. The colors of Easter are usually white and gold
The Easter Lily with Its beautiful trumpet-shaped blossoms symbolize purity, hope, and life, the spiritual essence of Easter.
The Pentecost season starts on the 50th day after Easter Sunday (ten days after Ascension Day) and last for 12 to 17 Sundays. Pentacost celebrates Christ’s assention into Heaven, and the coming of the Holy Spirit to the apostles, imparting them the gift of tongues. Pentecost also represents the birth of the Christian church.
Ten days after Jesus ascended into heaven, the twelve apostles, Jesus' mother and family, and many other of His disciples gathered together in Jerusalem for the Jewish harvest festival that was celebrated on the fiftieth day after Passover. While they were indoors praying, a sound like that of a rushing wind filled the house and tongues of fire descended and rested over each of their heads. This was the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on human flesh promised by God through the prophet Joel (Joel 2:28-29). The disciples were suddenly empowered to proclaim the gospel of the risen Christ. They went out into the streets of Jerusalem and began preaching to the crowds gathered for the festival. Not only did the disciples preach with boldness and vigor, but by a miracle of the Holy Spirit they spoke in the native languages of the people present, many who had come from all corners of the Roman Empire. Peter seized the moment and addressed the crowd, preaching to them about Jesus' death and resurrection for the forgiveness of sins. The result was that about three thousand converts were baptized that day. (from www.stpaulskingville.org)
The color of pentacost is Red which symbolizing the tongues as fire descending upon
“The Kingdom of this world is become the Kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ, and he shall reign for ever and ever” ... (Revelation 11:15)
The season of Kingdomtide, which means “Christ Reins”, also known as Ordinary Time, is generally accepted by protestants as the time between the day after Pentecost and the day before the First Sunday of Advent. Kingdomtide emphasizes God's dominion over all creation. Kingdomtide stresses the teachings of Jesus Christ which includes charity and assistance to the poor. The traditional colors of Kingdomtide are green or white, symbolizing Christ’s eternal presence.