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Advent is a season observed in many Western Christian churches as a time of
expectant waiting and preparation for the celebration of the Nativity of Jesus
at Christmas. The term is an anglicized version of the Latin word adventus,
On the first day of Advent, Catholic families will set up an Advent wreath -
a wreath of greenery adorned by a set of four candles - typically, three
violet-coloured, and one rose-coloured to match the priest's vestments on each
of the days the candles are lit. The wreath is either set upon a table
(especially the dining room table), on the family altar, on pedestals, an end
table, etc., or it can by suspended by ribbons from the ceiling, such as from a
light fixture. The candles can be long, slim tapers, small votives, or fat
pillars. There can be pinecones and such adorning the greenery, but because
Advent is a penitential season, it shouldn't be highly decorated with colourful
The circular shape of the wreath is a symbol of eternity, and the greenery
symbolizes hope and renewal. The colours of the typically-used violet and rose
candles symbolize penance and joy, respectively.
The most common observance of Advent outside church circles has been the
keeping of an advent calendar or advent candle, with one door being opened in
the calendar, or one section of the candle being burned, on each day in December
leading up to Christmas Eve. In many countries, the first day of Advent often
heralds the start of the Christmas season, with many people opting to erect
their Christmas trees and Christmas decorations on or immediately before 1st.
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The Advent wreath with four candles and the four candles story are a perfect
match for Christmas time.
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Siphiwo Ntshebe was one of the truly great voices of the new South Africa,
and travelled an extraordinary journey, from an impoverished upbringing set
against the backdrop of apartheid-era South Africa to singing opera in
prestigious international venues in front of royalty and world leaders. With a
repertoire including arias by Mozart, Puccini and Verdi, Sip's tenor voice has
been compared to the great Enrico Caruso.
recorded South Africa's theme song for the World Cup 2010, entitled "Hope", a
rousing and inspirational piece featuring the recorded spoken word of Nelson
Mandela. Mandela chose Ntshebe to perform at the opening ceremony of the World
Cup. Ntshebe's wildest dreams were about to be realised. His wonderful song,
voice, personality and story would have lit up the world at the start of a
monumental month for South Africa.
Tragically, on 25 May 2010 just seventeen days before the opening ceremony,
Ntshebe died of meningitis.
The album 'Hope', produced by legendary producers Trevor Horn, Steve Mac and
South African born Lebo M includes the enduring classics "Something Inside So
Strong", "You'll Never Walk Alone", "Abide With Me", "I Vow to Thee My Country"
and "Ave Maria". This is an album to cherish and can be purchased
here (Amazon.co.uk) or