What is the season of Advent?

"The birth of Jesus brings us the Good News that we are loved immensely and uniquely by God." — Pope Francis, General Audience, St. Peter's Square, Rome, Dec. 18, 2013

The word "advent" originated from the Latin "adventus" which means coming. The season of Advent, therefore, is the preparation for the coming of Jesus, first through his birth and ultimately, his coming again in glory at the end of time. This year it runs from Dec. 2 to Dec. 24. | Go to Christmas Season.

Advent marks the beginning of the liturgical year in the Catholic Church. Unlike the secular year, which marks the passage of time, the liturgical year celebrates the sacred mysteries of the birth, life, death and resurrection of Jesus. During the four-week season of Advent, we are invited to repent of our sins, pray and draw ourselves closer to God as we prepare for his coming. | lea en español

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Advent Traditions

Find out how to make a Jesse Tree, celebrate Mexican custom of Las Posadas and discover the real story behind St. Nicholas.

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Advent Calendar

Advent calendars may offer daily activities, keepsakes and prayer suggestions to help you spiritually prepare for the birth of Jesus.

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Advent Wreath

This wreath consists of evergreen branches, three purple candles and one rose candle, which together signify the four weeks of Advent.

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Prayers and Hymns

Pray the O Antiphons, Festival of Lessons and Carols or other traditional Advent prayers in the days leading up to Christmas.

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Advent Saints

The lives of the saints inspire us, especially when we are struggling to find our way. This is especially true of the saints whose feast days we celebrate in Advent.

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Advent Events

Parishes, schools, religious communities and clubs statewide will host craft bazaars, bake sales, dinners, concerts, plays, visits from Santa and much more.

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