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.
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
Advent is given to us as a time to prepare our
This has now been adjusted to four weeks,
the circular shape of many Advent wreaths is used
to symbolize God the Father and eternal life.
the 4,000 years that humanity
waited for the Savior.
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.
to signify joy, so we light the rose
candle on Gaudete Sunday.