A Feature Review of
Silence and Other Surprising Invitations of Advent
Reviewed by Emma Stencil.
Like the Lenten season before the celebration of Easter, Advent was traditionally a time of fasting and thrift within the early Christian churches. Today it should be a time to quiet one’s mind and prepare one’s body for the coming of Christ. In the celebration of Advent, we recognize the first coming of Christ as a child in a manger, visited and worshipped by shepherds and wise men. We also recognize and ponder Christ’s second coming at the Resurrection, when He will return in glory and power to save His followers and to judge His enemies. The very name of the season, “Advent,” was borrowed from the Latin word adventus, which refers to the grand ceremony in ancient Rome in which a conquering emperor was welcomed into a city as part of a military campaign. Christ’s second coming is to be the triumphant entry of the king into His transformed city. The season of Advent provides Christians with a time to ponder this great and terrible moment that all of time is racing to meet.