The following is Rector Joe Hensley’s monthly opening message from our weekly e-newsletter the St. Georgian. If you’d like to receive our weekly e-newsletter, sign-up here.
We often think of the four Sundays of Advent as a countdown to Christmas. It was not always so. In the Middle Ages, this season was more about preparing for the apocalyptic second coming of Christ. Nowadays with Christmas decorations going up earlier, it feels like Advent is more of a “nesting” time, like a parent preparing the home for a newborn. Slow down, be quiet, ponder Christ entering the world while gazing at the Advent wreath or Christmas tree.