Advent at Salem

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Advent is the beginning of each new liturgical year. Like Lent, Advent is a preparatory season. The word “Advent” is from the Latin “adventus,” which means “coming.” It is a hopeful season of looking forward and preparing for the One who is to come.

Advent begins on Dec. 3. There are always four Sundays in Advent.

On the First, Second and Third Sundays of Advent (Dec. 3, 10 and 17) we gather at our normal Sunday morning time of 10:30 a.m. for our service of Holy Communion and preparation for Christmas.  Our Informal Worship with Holy Communion is also offered at 8:30 a.m. on these Sundays.

The Fourth Sunday of Advent falls on Dec. 24 this year.  There will be only one morning service with Holy Communion at 10:30 a.m.

On the Wednesdays in Advent (Dec. 6, 13 and 20), an Advent Recital featuring pianist Keith Weber playing Con Brio begins at 7:00p.m. in the nave.  We begin Evening Prayer using the Vesper setting, Holden Evening Prayer, at 7:30 p.m.

Advent is a hopeful time of anticipation for us.  Advent gives us the opportunity to prepare to celebrate the birth again this year, to ponder the actions of God in our lives and to rejoice at the great gift that is Jesus.