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 . . .

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Thomas S. Buchanan is a member of the Orthodox Church and lives in Chester County, Pennsylvania, with his wife and three children. He is a senior editor of Touchstone.

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