O Come, O Come, Emmanuel…Advent ~ “The Coming” in Latin.
Known as the oldest of all the Christmastime carols, a monk or a priest wrote this hymn around AD 800. Initially sung only in Latin during Catholic mass, the words, from Isaiah 7:14, were written to teach who the Messiah was and what He was sent to do. In many churches the stanzas of this song were sung one each week during Advent in anticipation of Christ’s birth on Christmas morning. #familylife.
Advent, “the coming” in Latin, the coming of the Savior. The candles remind us of the light of God coming into the world, and the light from the candles grows brighter as each week comes closer to Christmas.
The weeks of Advent remind us to set aside some of the hectic business of the holiday season, and to quietly reflect on the promise of the baby born in Bethlehem 2000 years ago. Each night we read Scriptures related to the Advent themes of waiting, preparation, light in the darkness, and the coming of the promised Messiah which includes Messianic prophecies in the Old Testament and many have been fulfilled in the New Testament.
The first candle which is lit on the first Sunday of Advent, represents the HOPE of Jesus’ arrival and is sometimes called the prophet’s candle.
Jesus is our Hope.
The second candle, which is lit on the second Sunday of Advent, is called the Bethlehem candle, PEACE. Jesus is our Peace our Shalom.
The third is the shepherd’s candle…JOY. Jesus is Joy!
The fourth Sunday of Advent is observed by the lighting of the angel’s candle, Christ’s LOVE. The Love of Christ compels us. 2 Corinthians 5:14.