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It's Fourth Advent Sunday and churches that follow the Advent calendar know this is the week of Christmas as Advent ends Christmas Eve.
The previous three candles in the Advent wreath are relit, and the fourth candle, the candle of love, is lit to join them. On Christmas Eve, the fifth candle, the Christ candle, is lit to join the other four. It's a beautiful tradition full of meaning where the other candles, representing hope, peace, and joy, are joined by the candle of love.
Narrative Lectionary readings for today are Luke 1:26-49, the announcement of Jesus’ birth to Mary; and the news He will receive the throne of David, and be the Son of God. Psalm 113 or 113:9 are also read.
May you enjoy Fourth Advent Sunday as the entire observance of Advent draws quickly to a close. I urge you to worship at a church that observes Advent, as there are many in Anchorage.