Advent means 鈥渃oming,鈥?and during the season, Christiansprepare for Jesus鈥?coming. The four Sundays preceding Christmas, which is when Christians celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, are recognized for four virtues. The candles on the Advent wreath symbolize hope, love, joy and peace. What does Advent mean to Catholics and Christians?
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What is the meaning of Advent in Christianity?
Celebrating Advent involves spending time in spiritual preparation for the coming birth of Jesus Christ at Christmas. In Western Christianity, the season of Advent begins on the fourth Sunday prior to Christmas Day, or the Sunday which falls closest to November 30, and lasts through Christmas Eve, or December 24.
What is Advent season?
The word advent comes from the Latin term adventus meaning arrival or coming, particularly the coming of something having great importance. Advent season, then, is both a time of joy-filled, anticipatory celebration of the arrival of Jesus Christ and a preparatory period of repentance, meditation, and penance .
How should Christians prepare for the coming of Christ?
During Advent, Christians prepare for this here-and-now coming of Christ by remembering the long years during which Israel waited for the coming of the Messiah, and by looking forward to the final coming of Christ at the end of time. You will hear both themes reflected in the Church鈥檚 readings during Advent.
What are some good books to read during Advent?
To help you focus your thoughts during this time of waiting and anticipation. Several suggestions are A Monastery Journey to Christmas, Watch for the Light: Readings for Advent and Christmas or Waiting Here for You: An Advent Journey of Hope are fabulous choices.