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Advent is the liturgical season devoted to preparation for the coming of Christ at Christmas.

Advent marks the beginning of the liturgical year and and encompasses four Sundays. The season begins each year on the Sunday nearest to the feast of St Andrew the Apostle (November 30 ).


During this time the faithful are admonished

  • to prepare themselves worthily to celebrate the anniversary of the Lord's coming into the world as the incarnate God of love,

  • thus to make their souls fitting abodes for the Redeemer coming in Holy Communion and through grace, and

  • thereby to make themselves ready for His final coming as judge, at death and at the end of the world.

"When the Church celebrates the liturgy of Advent each year, she makes present this ancient expectancy of the Messiah, for by sharing in the long preparation for the Savior's first coming, the faithful renew their ardent desire for his second coming."  CCC524



First Sunday of Advent     December 1, 2023

Gaudete Sunday     December 17, 2022

Christmas Day     December 25, 2023

* Unless otherwise noted, all text is taken in whole or part from  the Catechism of the Catholic Church Glossary ©2000

also excerpted from 

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