I was quite amused, sitting there in church. It was the end of May, a sunny 30 degrees in upcountry Angola.
Mennonite Brethren Biblical Seminary has released its third Advent devotional booklet. A seminary staff or faculty member, student, or alumnus from MBBS–Canada and MBBS–Fresno, Cal., provides reflection for each day of the Advent season, Nov. 28–Dec. 25.
Some church traditions observe a fast in the Advent season. In the Roman church, the Advent fast was usually kept only two days a week, and has now been reduced to the vigil for Immaculate Conception and the three days of Ember Week, after the fast of St Lucia. Eastern churches, which do not observe a liturgical season in preparation for Christmas, instead observe a three-week or 40-day fast.