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How Advent Teaches Us to Wait for the Coming of Jesus

Nov 17, 2016 By Gretchen Filz

It's hard for us to imagine what the world was like before the birth of Jesus, when our Savior was a only a vague yearning, a far-distant promise. We are blessed to live in the world at a time when the light of Christ shines clearly and brightly.

Even with all the evils in the world today, we still have the example of Jesus who came in the flesh to guide us, and who has left us the gift of his Church, his Sacraments, his Word, and his Saints.

Can you image what the world must have been like without this light? We take him for granted, and the way he changed the world for granted.

Yet, the Church has a built-in way of taking us back to the beginning, back to the thousands of years when the holy men and women of long ago anticipated the birth of their promised Messiah. It's called the liturgical season of Advent, which means, "to come to."

Advent candles

This is the example for us today as we await his promised return at the end of time. And this is in no way better demonstrated than with the Advent wreath that we use in our homes and churches.

Watch the video below to learn more about this important Advent tradition.

Is the Advent wreath a part of your preparation for Christmas? Do you find it helps you to celebrate the season in a deeper and more meaningful way? Please share your thoughts with us our readers in the comments below.

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This article has been updated and was originally published in November 2015. Copyright © The Catholic Company. All rights reserved.

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Gretchen is a Lay Dominican with a passion for fostering an increase in Catholic faith and devotion through content writing and journalism. She works as a digital content writer, creator, and marketer for The Catholic Company. In addition to blogging at, she is also editor of the daily devotional email and author at She holds an M.A. in Christian Apologetics and converted to the Catholic Church in 2011. She is also active in R.C.I.A., pro-life work, and various faith-based web projects.

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