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02 December 2012
  First Sunday in Advent
2 December AD 2012

Out with the Old Year, in with the New

Today begins the solemn season of Advent, a preparatory period as Christians ready themselves for both the celebration of Christ's coming at Bethlehem and His Second Coming on Judgment Day.

Purple has traditionally been the primary color of Advent, symbolizing repentance and fasting. Purple is also the color of royalty, demonstrating the anticipation and reception of the coming King celebrated during Advent. Today, however, many churches have begun to use blue instead of purple, as a means of distinguishing Advent from Lent.

Rose (pink) often replaces purple on the Third Sunday in Advent. It represents dawn and hopeful anticipation or joy and begins a shift away from repentance toward celebration.

For more on this part of the Church Year, the so-called "three-fold coming of Christ," and Advent as a tonic for improper celebration of Christmas, please see Happy New Year! at Ask the Pastor.

Series C Lectionary

Psalm 25:1-10
Jeremiah 33:14-16
1 Thessalonians 3:9-13
Luke 19:28-40 or Luke 21:25-36

One Year Lectionary

Psalm 24
Jeremiah 23:5-8
Romans 13:(8-10) 11-14
Matthew 21:1-9

Collect

Stir up Your power, O Lord, and come, that by Your protection we may be rescued from the threatening perils of our sins and saved by Your mighty deliverance; for You live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
 
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