I love Advent. I love it as the blue frontals and vestments–that come out for such a short time, each year–are draped on altar and are worn atop albs. I love the hymns–from “Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus” to “There’s a Voice in the Wilderness Calling” to “How the Word Longs for Your Birth” and beyond. I love the waiting and the anticipation, the eager longing for the fulfillment of God’s reign. I love the challenge of preaching on the difficult eschatological lections that we hear. I love being in a community where we sing the litany in procession on the first Sunday of Advent.
I love Advent. And I love all the traditions that are a part of Advent. So here’s my question: what do you look forward to, as we prepare to dive into a new Church year this coming Sunday? What part of Advent is your favourite? Are you getting out blue vestments or purple vestments? What excites you about this season?