Sunday, 15 December 2013

Third Sunday of Advent

Today is the third Sunday of Advent. So today we light the third candle of our advent candles.

The pink candle which is lit today is a symbol of the light of the early dawn, the colour of the sky when dawn breaks into the night.


There are several traditions about the meaning or theme of each candle. The scheme that accords best with the Common Worship Principal Service Lectionary for the third Sunday of Advent is John the Baptist.  We also pray for Joy on this Sunday.


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Soon we shall celebrate the birth of Jesus.  We worship God with joy in our hearts as we are reminded of the words the angel said on that first Christmas Day.  "Behold I bring you good news of a great joy which will come to all the people!".

My wonderful hubby has already given me one of my Christmas presents, he feels that he has to share the joy as soon as possible.  It is this lovely Nativity Scene, which I wanted to share with you today.


 
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I'm joining Floss in Pausing for Advent. You can find Floss's blog here, and she details the other pausers in her sidebar, please go and join them and read what other bloggers are doing to Pause for Advent.

Amy

40 comments:

  1. A beautiful post depicting the meaning of advent and why we celebrate Christmas. I love your beautiful nativity scene it is do very lovely and I am sure you will smile every time you walk past it. Xoxo

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    1. Thank you Hannapat, I do smile whenever I walk past the nativity set, because it is so lovely and because my lovely hubby bought it for me, so it is doubly nice! I am very blessed. xx

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  2. That's such a lovely Nativity Crib.
    Kate x

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    1. Thank you Kate, I wanted something that was traditional, but not old fashioned if you know what I mean! xx

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  3. What a beautiful nativity scene. I've searched for a nice one over the years, but never found one I really liked. When my kids were small I picked up one made by Playmobil (I know), and as tacky as that may sound, the kids enjoyed setting it all up each year complete with kings, angels and animals all bowing down to baby Jesus. So I say it's served its purpose well in telling the story ;) Wendy x

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    1. I think that your nativity set sounds lovely Wendy, it has history and meaning for you and your family and that is an important thing! What it looks like, what size it is, new or old, if it tells as story and has history with you that is wonderful. I hope that you have lots of fun playing with all of the little figures and setting it up! The only time of year you probably play lego now! Hopoe you have a great week and that you are not too snowbound! xx

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  4. What a beautiful gift and one which represents the true meaning of Christmas. It's so easy to forget why we celebrate with all the excitement and busyness surrounding it.

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    1. I am very lucky to have such a wonderful hubby, he represents the true meaning of love to buy me things like this! I hope that you are finding some time for yourself in all of your preparations Jo. xx

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  5. A nice post. I am linking to yours today.

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    1. Thank you Nancy, you are so kind. I will pop over to visit you! Nice to see you here. xx

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  6. It's a lovely gift. We always have our nativity scene on display to remind everyone why we celebrate Christmas. I think sadly there are some who have no idea why we celebrate.

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    1. I love all of my decorations and they hold lots of memories for me, but the thing I love most is to have a nativity set, and this will be very precious to me. My old one is moving on to a very good home where it will be loved and used, so that is nice too. I glad that you have a set that you love too Anne. xx

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  7. I love Advent, I have my Advent candles and hope tomorrow put my Pesebre (Navity scene) I love it!
    hugs xxxx

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    1. I hope that you enjoy setting up your Pesebre tomorrow Gloria (I learned a new word!) xx

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  8. Such a beautiful nativity scene - I'm sure it will be treasured for many years. Hope you've had a good weekend.

    x

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    1. Thank you Sara. Hope that you had a good weekend and that your week ahead is good. xx

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  9. Good morning Amy. What a beautiful nativity scene from your husband! You will get to enjoy it year after year!
    Loved your crochet blanket Ta Da too!!!! It looks so warm and cozy!!!!
    Have a great day!
    xo Kris

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    1. The blanket is very cozy I have to say! I can sit snuggled in it and see my nativity scene one way and the fire and the television the other way! Pretty good hey. Hope you have a great week Kris. xx

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  10. What a lovely present, it's beautiful.

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    1. I think hubby's a keeper! Thank you for stopping by Suzie. xx

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  11. What a beautiful Nativity set. It looks old-fashioned to me.

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    1. Thank you Jennifer, it is nice as it is quite traditional which is what I wanted. xx

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  12. Your nativity scene is lovely and I can understand why it was important to receive the gift early.

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    1. Thank you, I would have been lovely to have received it for Christmas but it is very nice to have it now as I can see it for longer. xx

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  13. And early present! How fun! And yes, if it's a nativity scene, you must have it early! :)

    Love your advent candle holder and how you've displayed it! Beautiful!

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    1. Thank you for all your lovely thoughts Betsy. The plate the candles are on is one of my inheritances from my Dad's Mum from all the things my Dad gathered up. I have been searching for something suitable to stand the candles on for years, and lo and behold if you wait, it comes! The glass holders were also a rescue find from a sale too! xx

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  14. That's a beautiful nativity. I've always wanted one, but have a great fear that various figures will end up being paraded around the house in a cat's mouth!
    Jan x

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    1. Oh Jane! I am just picturing some horrid nativity accident now! Perhaps some day you will be able to have a set without any fear. I will share mine with you online until then! xx

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    2. A lovely and very special gift, Amy.

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    3. He is a very good fellow my hubby. I am very lucky Linda, he brings me great joy! xx

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  15. This is a gorgeous nativity scene. My mother-in-law also has a lovely one that the girls like to look at when we visit them at Christmas. Merry Christmas if I don't chat to you again before the 25th x.

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    1. Merry Christmas to you too Leanne - but I bet we will chat again before the 25th! I can imagine that most children would like to be able to get to play with a nativity set and arrange all the different figures, so I can see why your girls like your MIL's! xx

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  16. Your nativity scene is so beautiful Amy - what a loving husband to give you such a wonderful gift!
    This is such a wondrous time of year but it's so unfortunate and sad that the commercial side of things in this present day has gradually crept in with such a strong influence on so many. Yes, let us do whatever and as much as we can to keep our eyes, minds and hearts on the real reason for our celebrations of Christmas. Lovely posts such as this one have a good balancing effect - thank you so much Amy! Warm hugs and blessings, Joy xo

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    1. My hubby is pretty great Joy. You have just the right name for today, so thank you for your Joyful comment, Joy! I am quite happy to do presents and decorate and all of the other things, but I do like to take time to remember what Christmas is really about - for me anyway - and this is one way that I can do that. I am glad that you enjoyed the post, and I hope that you have a wonderful Joyful week ahead in your preparations for Christmas. xx

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  17. Hello Amy just found your blog and had a quick look before setting off for bed - I am looking forward to catching up with all your news Amy tomorrow - would like to put on my favourites list if that is ok with you. Have a wonderful week Amy and I will be back soon. Big hugs
    Dorothy
    :-)xxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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    1. Oh Dorothy, I feel horrible, I missed replying to your comment! Thank you for stopping by and commenting. I hope to see you again. xx

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  18. My daughter was so excited to light the 3rd candle today. It is a big deal for them and for me to know that they learn the meaning behind Christmas! What a beautiful nativity set Amy!!!!! Just perfect!!! A very merry week to you this week friend!!

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    1. Nicole, my friend, I didn't reply to your comment. I am so sorry! How lovely that your daughter helps with the candle lighting, that is so special. I hope that you are having a great week. xx

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  19. Am a bit late here, but lovely to see your Advent candles and especially your gorgeous Nativity! (there sure are some tacky ones around, but yours is lovely!)

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    1. You are never late Fiona! Glad you like the nativity, it was hard to find one that was just right for me, but as soon as I saw this one I liked it. xx

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