From the November/December, 1998 issue of Touchstone
Rediscovering Advent by Thomas S. Buchanan

Rediscovering Advent

Where is he who has been born King of the Jews? For we have seen his star in the East and have come to worship him.
—Matthew 2:2

Advent is a season of preparation for the celebration of the birth of our Lord. It spans four Sundays in the West and forty days in the Eastern Orthodox tradition, and in both it is traditionally a time of fasting, prayer, and almsgiving. Of all the seasons of the Christian year, it is perhaps the one that has lost the most ground to our culture. The weeks of Advent are times of parties and celebrations, instead of fasting. The quiet, meditative season has given way to one of great hustle and bustle. The period of almsgiving has become the h . . .

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