CATECHESIS NOTES FOR THE ADDRESS AND FIRST PETITION OF THE LORD'S PRAYER -- Advent, The Beginning of the Church Year -- Advent is a season of repentance and hope. It is a time of self-reflection that is similar to Lent. As we struggle through the difficulties of life and the weaknesses of our own fallen nature we are reminded of our need for the coming of Christ. Advent is the season of “comings” as is the meaning of the word itself. He came in the incarnation and was born of the Virgin Mary to be our Savior. He will come again in glory to release us from this valley of sorrow to Himself in heaven. But He also comes to us now, right where we live with all of our struggles and hardships, through the preached Word and Sacrament. It is this Word that is the power of God for our salvation and for the living of our lives in a fallen world.
Luther's Small Catechism
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