A Hallowed Advent

Advent is a time of expectation, of waiting and of hope!

Life is full of expectations and there are moments when our expectations are focused on a particular event. It may be the waiting, often tinged with fear, for the results of an examination, or the beginning of a new job, or the buying of a house, or the months or days preceding the birth of a child.

For those who believe in life and that every human life , regardless of individual challenges, has an irreplaceable value, and for Christians in particular, Advent is that season, that time of year, which anticipates and recalls the birth of Christ, the Saviour and Lord of life.

The life and death of great historical personages are commemorated in various ways, but never the day of their birth. To Christ alone goes the privilege and honour of a celebration of His birth and this, not only as a single day but with a season, a time of anticipation, of waiting and of hope.

In celebrating life, CARIFAM commemorates the birth of the Lord of life by entering fully into the spirit of Advent and especially with the traditional Advent wreath. The green vegetation of the wreath expresses our exuberance at the joyful news, whilst the three purple candles symbolise our fears and anxieties. The pink candle is a sign of renascent hope that springs from trust. The white candle, lit on Christmas Day, proclaims that in the birth of Jesus Christ, our dreams, our hopes, our expectations and our desire for life in all its fullness is realized.

May your hearts be filled with joyful trust in God throughout Advent 2014!

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