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The word "advent" comes from the Latin word "adventus" which means "coming." I have to keep reminding my children that Advent means Christ is coming, not here. Coming in the future, not here in the present (in other words, we must wait). I think that's why I love the color purple so much in our liturgical calendar. The color purple, the color of penitence, offers a visual separation from Christmas. While we are seeing purple (and rose) it is not yet Christmas.
When I pulled these glass beads out of my stash and paired them with these gold beads and antique brass pieces, it just looked like Advent to me: adventus -- coming.
The Aves are 6mm purple glass beads, separated with gold and metallic purple glass seed beads. The Paters are 8 mm round, gold, Czech Druk glass beads capped with antique brass. The center is an antique brass medal with the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Miraculous image of Mary. The crucifix is large, and beautifully ornate.
$36, plus mailing and insurance ($4 in U.S.)