Advent & Christmas at Good Samaritan

What we call “Advent” in the Episcopal church is what our culture calls “the Christmas season,” usually when we shop for gifts, bake desserts, and attend parties. But in the liturgical calendar, Advent is its own season, separate from Christmas, that carries its own spiritual significance.
 

The Season of Advent

Advent marks the beginning of the liturgical year. It is a time of preparation and celebration of the coming of Jesus Christ into the world as a baby, as well as expectation for the future coming of Christ “in power and glory.” Advent begins on December 1 and ends on December 24.

Sunday, December 6 at 5 pm

A traditional Advent Lessons & Carols service is exactly what it sounds like: lessons from the Bible (scripture passages that tell the story of Jesus’ coming) and Advent carols (not Christmas carols) that correspond to the lessons. It is a quiet, meditative time for reflection by candlelight, and if you don’t know the songs, you can simply listen.

Celebrate Advent at Home

This year, while we are still required to be physically separated by a pandemic, Good Samaritan will provide materials for creating and using an Advent Wreath at home. The Advent Wreath provides a way to practice this waiting with prayer and the gradual entry of more light. The circle of the wreath reminds us that God has no beginning or end and the evergreens around it symbolize eternal life made available to us. The candles remind us that Jesus changes the darkness of hatred and evil into the light of joy and love.
 
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The Season of Christmas

Christmas is more than just one day in the liturgical calendar; it is actually 12 days (just like the song!) from December 25 to January 5, during which we celebrate God’s arrival in the world as a human being. At Good Samaritan, celebrate the Christmas season with two Eucharist services on December 24.

5 pm Family Eucharist

Includes the children’s nativity pageant, carols, and Holy Communion. This service will have limited attendance and pre-registration, and will also be livestreamed on Facebook and Vimeo.

10 pm Traditional Eucharist

Service of lessons, carols led by the choir, and Holy Communion. This service will have limited attendance and pre-registration, and will also be livestreamed on Facebook and Vimeo.