Advent begins on Sunday, November 28th, 2021
and ends on Friday December 24th, 2021.
Advent is our liturgically built-in time of spiritual
preparation for Christmas. If you want to get the
most out of the Christmas season and fill up your
soul with love for Christ, the best way to do that
is to "let every heart prepare Him room" and
celebrating Advent is the Church's way to do it!
Do not forget your 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 can also be used.
The purple candles 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
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.
Click here for more Advent celebrating ideas -
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
The Roman Catholic Liturgical YearClick here to view
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