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ADVENT: What you need to know about the Season of Advent

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 ~ USCCB

Advent devotions, including the Advent wreath, remind us of the meaning of the season. Beginning the Church's liturgical year, Advent (from, "ad-venire" in Latin or "to come to") is the season encompassing the four Sundays (and weekdays) leading up to the celebration of Christmas. ~ United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

Singing Christmas Music during Advent

Just because it's snowing and feels like Christmas right now, does not mean it is. We pander to society in commercializing the Christmas season and following the likes of what shopping malls and stores may do! Contrary to all this, Christmas does not start until the night of December 24th. During the four Sundays of Advent, we sing Advent songs in anticipation!

The Advent Wreath

Traditionally, Advent wreaths are constructed of a circle of evergreen branches into which four candles are inserted, representing the four weeks of Advent. Ideally, three candles are purple and one is rose, but white candles may also be used. 

The purple candles in particular symbolize the prayer, penance, and preparatory sacrifices and goods works undertaken at this time. The rose candle is lit on the third Sunday, Gaudete Sunday, when the priest also wears rose vestments at Mass. Gaudete Sunday is the Sunday of rejoicing, because the faithful have arrived at the midpoint of Advent, when their preparation is now half over and they are close to Christmas.

The progressive lighting of the candles symbolizes the expectation and hope surrounding our Lord’s first coming into the world and the anticipation of his second coming to judge the living and the dead.

 We do not open our Christmas presents before Christmas or sing about the birth of Christ before he is born! So lets not ruin the surprise.

The Season of Advent gives us the opportunity to stop and pause and to wait with joyful anticipation for Christmas.

The Church patiently waits for the coming of Christ. Wishing you a blessed Advent Season!

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