I went to church today, for the 1st Advent Sunday.
This is probably the most popular church service of the year, in Sweden. Even many who don’t go to church regularly (I don’t myself now) like to go for 1st Advent, if nothing else because of all the beautiful traditional hymns and music associated with this time of year. But I also think a lot of people (like myself) actually like to stop and remind ourselves of the “true meaning” of Christmas (even if we may not all define that exactly the same way). That in the midst of all the commercial busy-ness, we should be looking for a genuine spirit of giving and sharing.
The church today was almost full. (The photo above was taken about 10 minutes before the service began, I did not want to take photos during the actual service.) The 1st Advent service in this particular church also includes the Holy Communion. It’s been some time since I last took part of that in such a large crowd as today. To me, the communion carries a very powerful symbolism. (Some would call it more than symbolism; my point here is not to discuss that.) It is a reminder of every person being equal, at that moment – sharing something that goes beyond ourselves.
PS. For my Advent Calendar of Buddy Bears, please visit my other blog, DawnTreader’s Picture Book.