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Advent 2022: The Reason for the Season by Maria Wallace


But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for see, I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people:"

- Luke 2:10

Advent Day 3
November 29, 2022

The Reason for the Season

Advent begins on the fourth Sunday before Christmas Day, the Sunday nearest November 30th, and ends on Christmas Eve, December 24th. It is preparation for the celebration for Jesus the Christ’s birth.

Each week of Advent represents our growing faith that Jesus is coming; a journey from hope to celebration.

· Week #1 focuses on hope, with a special Sunday church service and prayers that fill our spirit with the hope that Christ will come to us.

  • Week #2 focuses on preparation. We are called to prepare for the coming of the Lord.

  • Week #3 is all about joy. It’s known as Gaudete Sunday. Gaudete means “rejoice” in Latin.

  • Week #4 is focused on God’s love as we prepare for the good news.

While we are transitioning from the “COVID-19 pandemic season,” think of all we've seen, all we've heard, and all we've felt. And nonetheless, know that God has been and is within us. He is in our hands, our arms, our hearts, and He’s kept us to prepare for another season!

Sister Maria Wallace
Robert and Ora B. Kelly Lay Organization

Prayer: Heavenly Father, as we focus on hope, preparation, joy, and your love, help us to be at peace; knowing that you will never leave us and that you dwell among us in all seasons. Amen


Advent 2022

We invite you to join us during the Advent season as we reflect on the virtues of Hope, Joy, Peace, and Love; as we anticipate Christ's birth; and prepare our hearts to receive him.

Each day a new reflection with a scripture and prayer will be posted on the Metropolitan AME Church website and social media to encourage you as we prepare.

Read along with us each day or download the book to read and reflect along with us offline.



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