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Confessions of a Recovering Advent Purist

With this Sunday starting the four-week season in the church year called Advent, I've been giving a lot of thought to the way we (in the church) prepare for Christmas during Advent.  The season of Advent is meant to help us joyfully anticipate (but not prematurely celebrate) Christmas . Each word (joyfully…anticipate…Christmas) is important. So at the Falls Church Episcopal, beginning this Sunday, and over the first three weeks of Advent, Rev. Cathy and I will be doing a bit of a three-part sermon series, unpacking each of those three words a bit. (And assuming we can get the logistics worked out, I also hope to launch a 25-day email devotional journey called “Joyful Anticipation of Christmas,” which will allow anyone who wishes to subscribe to a daily email and embark, with others, on a 25-day email devotional journey,  helping you to make your Advent and Christmas all the more meaningful. Stay tuned about that.)  I’ll say more about the word “joyfully”