When the winter begins to make way into the Northern World, the Church of Christ begins to celebrate a "splendid three-day Pascha."
Thus Father Thomas Hopko begins the first of forty meditations for the season of Advent, Christmas and Epiphany, ending with the feast of the Meeting of the Lord in the Temple on the fortieth day after Christ's birth. In the style of his popular book for the paschal fasting season, The Lenten Spring , the author again draws on the biblical readings and liturgical hymns and verses of the season to illumine the way for believers to follow the Church's days of preparation and celebration for the Coming of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, in human flesh. Many references are made to the writings of the saints and Church Fathers, as well as to contemporary Christian teachers and spiritual guides. All those who love the Lord's Coming will find comfort and strength, as well as enlightenment and instruction, for having passed through the Winter Pascha with this book as their companion.
(from the St. Vladimir's Seminary Press  web site)
A protopresbyter in the Orthodox Church and Dean Emeritus at St. Vladimir's Seminary, Fr. Hopko is the author of numerous articles and books, including The Lenten Spring, Christian Faith and Same-Sex Attraction  and Speaking the Truth in Love , among others. He also hosts the Speaking the Truth in Love  podcast on Ancient Faith Radio.
Many thanks to the SVS Press staff for their kind permission and assistance.