Advent 2022

Advent 2022

Advent begins the Church Year on the fourth Sunday before Christmas and runs through Christmas Eve. Advent, which means “coming” or “arrival,” is a season when the Church reflects upon God’s promise to come to his people to save them. We look back to the First Advent of Jesus and look ahead to his Second Advent.

An Advent Wreath  contains four candles, one for each Sunday. An additional candle is lit each Sunday, so that by the fourth Sunday all four are lit. Three of these candles are purple and one is rose. At the center is a fifth candle, the white Christ Candle, which is lit on Christmas Day. The first candle and the first Sunday represent expectation and hope and are often linked to the prophetic promises of the Old Testament. The third Sunday, represented by the rose candle, is Gaudete Sunday, and is a call to rejoice (gaudete) in anticipation of God’s imminent arrival.

Below are some readings to guide you through the season.

The Sunday readings are drawn from the Revised Common Lectionary Year A. Each Sunday has four readings: Old Testament, Psalm (or other canticle), Epistle and Gospel. The Gospel is the primary reading, supported by the other three. The Gospel readings progress through three major themes of Advent:

  1. Readiness for Christ’s second coming (Sunday 1)
  2. The ministry of John the Baptist in preparing the way for Jesus (2-3)
  3. The annunciation of the birth of Jesus (4).

The weekday readings progress through:

  1. God’s promises to come to his people (week 1)
  2. The preparatory ministry of John the Baptist (2)
  3. Old Testament promises of a son (3)
  4. The birth of Jesus (4).


Below are some readings to guide you through the season and a recording of a special Advent song for worship and reflection.

🎵 Second Advent 🎵

First Sunday of Advent: Nov 27Weekdayreadings
Isaiah 2:1-5
Psalm 122
Romans 13:11-14
Matthew 24:36-44
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Isaiah 35:1-10
Isaiah 62:1-12
Zechariah 9:9-13
Jeremiah 30:1-24
Zephaniah 3:14-20
Ezekiel 37:1-28
Second Sunday of Advent: Dec 4Weekday readings
Isaiah 11:1-10
Psalm 72:1-7, 18-19
Romans 15:4-13
Matthew 3:1-12
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Luke 1:5-25
Luke 1:57-80
Luke 3:1-20
John 1:1-18
John 1:19-34
Matthew 11:1-19
Third Sunday of Advent: Dec 11Weekdayreadings
Isaiah 35:1-10
Psalm 146:5-10
James 5:7-10
Matthew 11:2-11
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12
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Genesis 18:1-15
1 Samuel 1:1-20
1 Samuel 1:21-2:11
Isaiah 7:1-7
Isaiah 9:1-7
Isaiah 11:1-9
Fourth Sunday of Advent: Dec 18Weekdayreadings
Isaiah 7:10-16
Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19
Romans 1:1-7
Matthew 1:18-25
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19
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24
Luke 1:26-38
Luke 1:39-56
Luke 2:1-20
Matthew 2:1-12
Luke 2:21-40
Philippians 2:1-11

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