by Rita Hooper
Advent is the period before Christmas in the church calendar. Advent is a period of preparation for the birth of the Christ child.
Many people have Advent wreaths in their homes. The wreath itself is usually made of evergreens. There are five candles used in most traditions, three purple representing penance or some churches use blue symbolizing royalty. There is a pink candle and a white candle.
Each week, during that four-week period, a new candle is lit in addition to the ones lit the previous weeks.
The first candle lit is a purple or blue one. It is known as the prophecy candle. It was the prophets, primarily Isaiah, who foretold the birth of Christ. Some traditions refer to this as the Hope Candle.
The second week, another purple or blue candle is lit and this is referred to as the Bethlehem candle for the birthplace of Jesus or in other traditions as the Love Candle.
The third week the pink candle is lit, symbolizing the sheppards abiding in the fields, as they awaited the birth. It is also called the Joy candle.
The fourth week another blue or purple candle is lit and is called the Angel’s or Peace candle.
On Christmas, the white candle in the center is lit symbolizing the birth of Christ, the long awaited Saviour of the World. It is white to symbolize his sinless nature; those who receive Him, accept Him will have their sins washed away and be whiter than snow.
This is a wonderful way to teach children about the coming of Christ. There are Advent calendars that can be bought with little windows that open each day for the 25-30 days before Christmas.
Many folks make their own from simple strips of candy canes, cutting one off each day, to more elaborate ones with Christmas trees on which an ornament is added each day. Some use the nativity scene.
This Christmas season, slow down. Take in at least one of the many concerts and plays of the season. Visit Lights on the Lake. Take in a Dicken’s Christmas. Visit some folks you have been meaning to since last December.
As my husband would say…”The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath.” Relax, enjoy, participate and remember why!
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The Hannibal Historical Society will be selling pewter Christmas ornaments Saturday, Dec. 8 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Village Market in Hannibal. This will be the last public sale of the ornament. The original Hannibal Baptist Church is shown on the front, with a short history of the building on the back. The featured building now houses the Hannibal Community Center.
Those who have placed orders can pick them up at the Market Dec. 8 and orders can still be placed with Ann Mahaney by calling 564-5658 or e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
The congregation of the Southwest Oswego United Methodist Church is preparing for its annual Live Nativity and Nativities by Candlelight event today, Dec. 8 from 6 to 8 p.m. Church members will present a tableau of the special night at Bethlehem when Christ was born in the manger. The scene, which also includes live animals, will take place outside in the shed.
Inside the church sanctuary a wide variety of Nativity sets will be on display in candlelight. The Classic Touch barbershop quartet will be singing songs of the season. Children attending will receive a Nativity gift and cookies and cocoa will be served.
If you haven’t been before – do come this year, I think you might just make it one of your family traditions! The church is located at 7721 State Route 104 West.
The Sons of the American Legion in Hannibal will be holding a full breakfast buffet tomorrow, Sunday, Dec. 9 from 8 to 11 a.m. at the Post on Rochester Street.
The menu for the Senior Meals program this week will be lasagna Monday and baked chicken with rice Wednesday. Friday, they will be having hamburgers and garlic mashed potatoes. Lunch is served at noon but the center opens early for cards and other games.
Call Rosemary at 564-5471 to make your reservation. Be sure to come Wednesday at 11 a.m. as Deanna Pawlenko Hubbard will be providing some wonderful music to put you in the Christmas spirit! The Senior Center in the Library/Community Center Building on Oswego Street across from the Fire House.
The Jammers will not be meeting this week. The following week will be their annual Christmas dinner. Please bring a dish to pass. Dinner is at 6 and music at 7 p.m.
The Friends of the Library have a new raffle basket for December: a battery lighted wreath, wall decal, door mat, stockings, picture frames, flameless candle, and ornaments. Drawing is Dec. 15.
The Hannibal Senior Band will be presenting a Holiday Kaleidoscope Concert Tuesday, Dec. 11 beginning at 7 p.m. in the Lockwood Auditorium. This concert will feature a variety of Small Ensembles, the Jazz Ensemble, Hannibal Community Brass and the Senior Band, presenting
a theatrical interpretation of many familiar carols and winter songs. Audience members are asked to bring a donation for the Christmas Bureau.
Prior to the concert band members will serve their annual complimentary Lasagna Holiday Dinner for local senior citizens in the high school cafeteria beginning at 6 p.m. Anyone planning to attend should make a reservation by calling 564-7910, ext. 4132 before Dec. 10.
The Elderberries will have their Christmas party at the American Legion Thursday, Dec. 13 beginning at 11:30 a.m. This is a catered meal so I sure hope you made your reservations! Please remember to bring some groceries for the Resource Center and a $2 gift for the grab bag!
If you would like to volunteer your time to deliver Hannibal Christmas Bureau Boxes Dec. 19 from 9 a.m. to noon, please call 564-7916. Two students will be assigned to go with each driver. I’ve done it many times over the years and it really is great fun and puts you in the holiday spirit.