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Diaconate Notes (December 2009)

posted Dec 18, 2014, 1:15 PM by Henry McTague


The Advent Season will soon be upon us. With our families, we will be hustling and bustling to prepare for the gatherings of Thanksgiving and the joyful celebration of Christmas.

Advent is the beginning of the liturgical year. It is a time of expectation, anticipation and preparation for the Advent, the coming, of our Messiah and King. The Diaconate prepares the sanctuary for this season by decorating it in a way that honors the traditions and customs that have proceeded to us through the centuries.

First we bring in evergreens, which symbolize the idea of new and everlasting life. Wreaths are round, symbolizing the unbroken love and mercy of God’s love through the gift of his Son.  The candles represent the light of Jesus, the Light of the world. The Chrismons hanging in the windows are created with symbols that represent the heart of Christianity.

On the first Sunday of Advent, the altar backdrop is adorned with blue or violet, representing the color of the night sky and royalty and reminding us of the water of Genesis and the new creation. Lastly, we introduce the Advent wreath. Adorned with evergreens, the wreath is finished with five candles. The three purple candles represent the waiting and are lit to signify hope, love, and joy.  A fourth candle is pink, and is lit on the third Sunday of Advent, signifying peace. These four candles form a ring around the center candle, which is the white Christ candle. It is lit on Christmas Eve, when the weeks of preparation are complete and we await the coming of our Messiah and King.

In the hustle and bustle of the season, we can forget that loneliness, despair and obsession with worldly goods tend to obscure the joy of Advent and Christmas. May each of us strive to embody and display the love and hope which were the very essences of Jesus’ life.

The Diaconate wishes you all a joyous and fulfilling experience this season. For it is truly a gift we are about to receive when Emanuel arrives.

Yours in His Love,

Bill Trotter, Co chair Diaconate