With the First Sunday in Advent, we begin one of two major cycles of the Church year: Advent-Christmas-Epiphany (the Incarnation Cycle). The other major cycle is Lent-Holy Week-Easter (the Paschal or Resurrection Cycle). In our liturgies, seasonal changes in scripture readings, liturgical texts, music and practice, along with colors and ornamentation, reveal each season’s meaning within the overall shape of the cycle of which it is a part. Advent means “arrival” and “coming.” Advent’s readings weave together the three comings
Our annual journey through the seasons of the church’s year takes us ever deeper into the Mystery of God’s presence and work in the world in and through Jesus Christ. Now one aspect of that mystery is revealed, and now another, as we celebrate Jesus’ birth and life, his passion and death, his resurrection and ascension, his sending of the Holy Spirit, his continuing presence and work in the world in and through all his saints, past, present and future.
An opportunity to join a very interesting conversation with the Episcopal Church’s Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music (SCLM).