Advent comes from the Latin word Adventus, which signifies “a coming,” and is applied to that period of the year during which the Church asks the faithful to prepare for the celebration of the feast of Christmas. It is impossible to determine, with any certainty, when this season of preparation was first instituted. Advent could not have been looked on as a preparation for the feast of Christmas, until that feast was definitively established as the twenty-fifth of December; which was done close of the fourth century in the Eastern Church; whereas in the Church of Rome Christmas was celebrated much earlier in the year. Needless to say it was a very important time of year – a time to anticipate and prepare not only for Christmas but for Christ’s return.
So let’s try and keep trying this time of year to prepare for Christ’s return and remember what he came to do for all of humanity in the first place. So I will share a blessing this day:
May Almighty God, by whose providence our Savior Christ came among us in great humility, sanctify you with the light of his blessing and set you free from all sin. Amen.
May he whose second Coming in power and great glory we await, make you steadfast in faith, joyful in hope, and constant in love. Amen.
May you, who rejoice in the first Advent of our Redeemer, at his second Advent be rewarded with unending life. Amen.
And the blessing of God Almighty, (✚) the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, be upon you and remain with you for ever. Amen.