This year, this coming Sunday, November 27 is Advent Day.

Advent begins on the fourth Sunday prior to Christmas Day, or the Sunday which falls closest to November 30, and lasts through Christmas Eve or December 24.

When Christmas Eve falls on a Sunday, it is the last fourth Sunday of Advent.

From the Latin word, adventus, meaning “coming or arriving”, Advent is a period of spiritual preparation in which Christians make themselves ready for the coming or birth of the Lord, Jesus Christ.

Celebrating Advent typically to remember the true meaning of Christmas, the birth of our saviour.

Traditionally, the Moravian Star is hung in the church on the first Sunday of Advent and remains up until January 6, or the time of the coming of the Magi.

It is viewed as a symbol of the birth of Jesus and represents the Star of Bethlehem, reminding us of the star that pointed to the great and heavenly light from Bethlehem’s manger shining bright.

The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome.

This is the message of the Advent Star, which also points to Jesus, who said, “I am the bright and Morning Star.” It is the star of promise, the star of fulfillment, and the star of hope.