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Advent: a season of JOY-full anticipation

This Sunday -- the Third Sunday in Advent -- is traditionally called "Gaudete Sunday or "Rejoice" Sunday.

As it should be: Advent, I've long argued, should be observed NOT (as the lectionary would have us do) primarily as a penitential season anticipating the secondcoming of Jesus. Rather, Advent should primarily be ajoyful season anticipating our annual celebration of Jesus' first coming on that first Christmas. 

That is why we (The Falls Church Episcopal) slightly modifies (with the Bishop's permission, I hasten to add) our lectionary during Advent. 

Accordingly, we get to hear the remarkable stories of 
as a way of preparing our hearts for Christmas. 

By way of putting Advent into a good perspective, I recommend you pause and watch this "Advent in 2 Minutesvideo.


It's a crisp, good summary of the season, and has a way of re-focusing and calming ourselves. 

A joyful Advent to you! 

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