Holidays

Advent Starts December 2nd

Advent is the beginning of
the new liturgical year for the
Roman Catholic Church.

On the first Sunday of Advent, which
begins on December 2nd this year,
the Church celebrates its own
kind of New Year’s Day.

Advent begins each year on the Sunday closest
to November 30th, which is the feast
day of Saint Andrew the Apostle.

Sometimes people mistakenly think that
Advent is part of the Christmas celebration.But actually, Advent is a time
of preparation all its own.Christmas doesn’t actually begin until
the first Mass is celebrated on Christmas Eve,
and then we enter the beautiful season of
Christmas.
Advent is given to us as a time to prepare our

souls for the coming of the Lord.
Advent has been around for a long time,
long before it was actually called “Advent,”
and possibly as early as the 2nd century.
 
Originally, it was celebrated for
40 days, just like the Lenten season.

This has now been adjusted to four weeks,

but the symbolism remains.
Since circles have no beginning and no end,
the circular shape of many Advent wreaths is used
to symbolize God the Father and eternal life.

 
The wreath (or candleholder) holds four
Advent candles which are lit one by one 
throughout the four weeks of Advent.
The burning flame is a visual reminder 
that Christ is “the light of the world.” 
(John 8:12)
There are three violet (purple) candles
and one rose (pink) candle, each
representing 1,000 years.
Added together, the four candles symbolize
the 4,000 years that humanity
waited for the Savior.
Violet is a liturgical color that is used to signify
a time of penance, sacrifice, and prayer.During the first, second, and fourth
weeks of Advent, we light violet candles.The Third Sunday of Advent is called
Gaudete (Latin for “Rejoice”) Sunday.
On this day we celebrate that our wait
for Christmas is almost over.

Rose is a liturgical color that is used
to signify joy, so we light the rose
candle on Gaudete Sunday.