Advent begins on December 3
Advent ("ad-venio" in Latin or "to come to"), is the beginning of the Church year; this year, beginning Dec. 3. The Advent season is a time of preparation that directs our hearts and minds to Christ's second coming at the end of time and also to the anniversary of the Lord's birth on Christmas.
Advent devotions remind us of the meaning of the season. Special Advent devotions include the lighting of the Advent wreath; the Advent calendar which helps remind us of the season with daily thoughts and activities; Advent prayers that prepare us spiritually for the birth of Jesus Christ.
The Advent wreath, with a candle marking each week of the season, is a traditional symbol of the liturgical period. Four lit candles are set in a wreath. One candle is lit each Sunday leading up to Christmas.
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