The first half of the church year (approximately December through June) highlights the of Christ. That's "the church year in a nutshell," and it should help reveal how Advent fits into "the big picture." Advent specifically focuses on Christ's "coming," but Christ's coming manifests itself among us in three ways — past, present, and future.The readings which highlight Christ's coming in the past focus on the Old Testament prophecies of his incarnation at Bethlehem. The concept of giving each candle a name, i.e., Prophecy, Bethlehem, Shepherd and Angel, etc., is a relatively novel phenomenon and probably originates with certain entrepreneurial publishers seeking to sell Advent candles and devotional booklets.According to this work, Kolob is the heavenly body nearest to the throne or residence of God.
Kolob is also the inspiration for the planet Kobol within the We are asking for your help.
Advent begins the church year because the church year begins where Jesus' earthly life began — in the Old Testament prophecies of his incarnation.
After Advent comes Christmas, which is about his birth; then Epiphany, about his miracles and ministry; then Lent, about his Calvary-bound mission; then Easter, about his resurrection and the sending of the apostles; and then Ascension (40 days after Easter) and Pentecost, with the sending of the Holy Spirit.
The Catholic Church teaches that it is the one true church founded by Jesus Christ, that its bishops are the successors of Christ's apostles, and that the Pope is the successor to Saint Peter; the Prince of the Apostles.
The Catholic Church maintains that the doctrine on faith and morals that it declares as definitive is infallible.Return to main menu QUESTION: Why does the church year begin at Advent, what is the history of Advent, and what is the history behind the Advent candles and wreath?