Advent, a season of four Sundays, opens the church year and begins on the 4th Sunday before Christmas and ends on Christmas Eve. The First
Sunday in Advent this year is November 30th. The word, Advent, consists of two Latin words: advenire, “to come to.” Advent’s message is that God
in Christ is coming to the world; the Message of Advent is to “prepare.” The altar hangings and the clergy vestments are changed to blue. Purple
was the traditional color of the season of Advent. Purple signifies a time of repentance, of taking stock of our spiritual lives as we patiently await the arrival of our Lord. In more recent times, some churches have adopted blue as the color of Advent. Blue represents hope, expectation, and heaven. Blue was the color of Advent in the early ancient church, and has been recovered again in our tradition and is what we use at St. Gregory’s.
Advent Wreath Adds Focus to the Season
The four candles represent the four weeks of Advent. Three candles are blue (or purple) and one is pink or rose. The rose candle is lit on the third Sunday, Gaudete Sunday, when the priest also wears rose vestments at the Eucharist. Gaudete Sunday is the Sunday of rejoicing, because the faithful have arrived at the midpoint of Advent, when their preparation is now half over and they are close to Christmas. The progressive lighting of the candles
symbolizes the expectation and hope surrounding our Lord’s first coming into the orld and the anticipation of His second coming to judge the living and the dead. Our Advent wreath and candles was given in Memory of Kay Crandall.
2015 Pledge Sundays are December 7th & 14th!
Pledge cards for 2015 were available on Sunday, November 23rd. Those not picked up were mailed. Prayerfully consider your Time, Talent and Treasures as you make your pledge to continue the work of St. Gregory’s during the coming year. Pledge cards may be turned in at any service,
mailed to or dropped off in the church office mailbox across from the kitchen, or given to any vestry member. Please return your pledge card as soon as possible so that the Finance committee can begin work on the 2015 Budget.