Second Sunday of Advent

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2023 Date10 December 2023
2024 Date8 December 2024

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The Second Sunday of Advent is an important observance in the Christian liturgical calendar that represents the continuation of the anticipation and preparation for the celebration of Jesus Christ’s birth at Christmas. During this time, Christians focus on self-reflection, spiritual growth, and prayer, seeking to deepen their relationship with God. The observance offers an opportunity for believers to engage in acts of generosity and kindness, fostering a greater sense of community and love among fellow Christians.

In Norway, the Second Sunday of Advent has deep historical roots, with its observance dating back to the introduction of Christianity in the country. For Norwegian Christians, the time leading up to Christmas, known as Advent, holds great significance, as it marks the transition from a period of darkness and cold to the promise of light and warmth with the arrival of Jesus Christ. In this context, the Second Sunday of Advent symbolizes the need for spiritual preparation and renewal before embracing the joy of the festive season.

The Second Sunday of Advent is typically observed in Norway with various religious and secular customs. This includes attending special church services, lighting two candles out of four on the traditional Advent wreath, and spending time in prayer and contemplation. Many Norwegian families also participate in preparations for Christmas, such as decorating their homes and baking traditional holiday treats. The Second Sunday of Advent is observed according to the Western Christian calendar, occurring on the second Sunday before Christmas, which usually falls between December 4th and 10th.

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Second Sunday of Advent facts

  • Advent can be traced back to the 4th century when the church in France used the time as a preparation for Baptism. This time period was called St. Martin's Lent. It would last 40 days starting on November 11th.
  • The Second Sunday of Advent deals with peace and hope. Readings during this week include discussions of hope and waiting together in harmony. May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to think in harmony with one another, in keeping with Christ Jesus... Romans 15:5
  • Blue and purple are the traditional colors used in the sanctuary during Advent. Some consider blue to be the color of royalty and claim it is used to anticipate the coming of a King. Others see purple as signaling a time of penance and sacrifice.

Top things to do in Norway for Second Sunday of Advent

  • Attend service. Themes for this week include peace, hope, and togetherness.
  • Continue with your Advent calendar. Some calendars have little chocolates in them that you can enjoy each day.

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