Many Christians, including those from churches that haven’t usually done much with the church year other than Christmas and Easter, are discovering Advent. (See, for example, this piece from the evangelical radio program Breakpoint.)
After the jump is an excellent explanation of the season from the website of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod.
The meaning of Advent has some specific content beyond just getting ready for Christmas. As the website says, the season–in the Bible readings and the devotions for the days–the season reflects on the “advent” or “coming” of Christ in three senses:
- In the past (the prophecies of Christ’s coming)
- In the future (Christ’s second coming)
- In the present (How Christ comes today)