Advent season anticipates birth, return

Posted: December 1, 2012 at 2:35 a.m.

Miranda Shaver, 8, left, and her 5-year-old sister Naomi make an Advent wreath Nov. 25 at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Fayetteville. The wreaths are a way to mark the four Sundays of Advent and feature three purple candles and one rose-colored candle.

For Christians who follow the liturgical seasons of the church, Advent marks the beginning of a new year. It’s a season of music and ritual suffused with a building sense of anticipation as Christmas and the celebration of Christ’s birth near.

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Religion, Pages 12 on 12/01/2012