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R.E. A01 Coursework Festivals Festivals are a celebration of a Christian event. The are seven main festivals these are: Advent, Christmas, the Epiphany, Ash Wednesday, Lent, Easter, Ascension Thursday and Pentecost Sunday. Advent is the first and most important in the church's year. Advent is a period of four weeks that some Christians use as a countdown to Christmas. Advent is really a time of preparing for the coming of Christ. To celebrate Advent we have Advent customs. One of these customs is the Advent Wreath and this is probably the most important custom. On the Advent Wreath there are five candles. These candles are lit every Sunday in Church until the last Advent candle is lit on Christmas Day. Also a small prayer may be said before the candles are lit. One candle is purple and it represents the Saints. The next Candle is pink and is lit to symbolise the joy of the third Sunday of Advent that is meant to remind people that their preparation may be hard but it is a feast of joy. The White Candle symbolises the birth of Jesus. The wreath also has other symbols including the circle of Evergreen that suggests the eternal life of God. ...read more.


The fifth, and last, Advent candle will be lit. Giving presents is a major custom at Christmas. It was started by Jesus and Christians follow by example, so we do it too. At Christmas we also put up trees. This was started in 1860 by Prince Albert. It's holy significance is that the tree is in shape of a triangle sop it represents the holy trinity. It is an evergreen (never loses its leaves), which reminds Christians of their hope of eternal (everlasting) life. The angel on the top reminds us of the angels in the Christmas story. In the year 1220 St, Francis of Assissi visited Bethlehem. He liked the way the Christmas was celebrated there so much, that he asked the Pope for permission to recreate it in his own Italian village. He built a manger in a cave. In it he placed a stone image of the baby Jesus. He surrounded the manger with real animals. Then he said a Mass (communion). The people found it so moving that they said it was possible to believe you were there at the actual birth of Jesus. Before long, wooden nativity scenes were displayed in churches and homes across Europe. Today they continue to be popular as a way of reminding us of what Christmas is really about - the birth of Jesus. ...read more.


He was alive. This account can be found in the Bible in Mark chapter 16, Luke chapter 24 and in John chapter 20. "The next evening, when the Sabbath ended, Mary Magdalene and Salome and Mary the mother of James went out and purchased burial spices to put on Jesus' body. Very early on Sunday morning, just at sunrise, they came to the tomb. On the way they were discussing who would roll the stone away from the entrance to the tomb. But when they arrived, they looked up and saw that the stone, a very large one, had already been rolled aside. So they entered the tomb, and there on the right sat a young man clothed in a white robe. The women were startled, but the angel said, "Do not be so surprised. You are looking for Jesus, the Nazarene, who was crucified. He isn't here! He has been raised from the dead! Look, this is where they laid his body. 7Now go and give this message to his disciples, including Peter: Jesus is going ahead of you to Galilee. You will see him there, just as he told you before he died!" The women fled from the tomb, trembling and bewildered, saying nothing to anyone because they were too frightened to talk." Christians believe that Jesus is still alive today but not in a human body. They believe that he has ascended to Heaven. ?? ?? ?? ?? BRIAN PILKINGTON ...read more.

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