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- Advent marks the beginning of the Church Year. It begins on the fourth Sunday before Christmas and ends at sundown on Christmas Eve.
- This Advent we enter into Liturgical Year C, which
emphasizes the Gospel of Luke.
- Advent is the season of waiting for Christ to be born again. It is also the season of longing for the Messiah to come again at the end of the age.
- The Advent wreath is lit during the four weeks prior to Christmas to represent the light of God coming into the world. Four outer candles represent the four weeks before Christmas, as well as the four centuries of waiting between the Old Testament prophet Malachi and the birth of Christ. The inner candle is lit on Christmas Day and represents Christ as the Light of the World.
- The word “advent” comes from the Latin word “adventus,” which means “arrival” or “coming.” During the liturgical season of Advent we prepare ourselves for the arrival of Christ into our lives by remembering his humble birth and by looking to the future when Christ will come again at the end of time.
- The word “Christmas” means "The Christ Mass," where we celebrate the birth of Jesus, the Incarnation of God. The first recorded observance of Christmas occurred in Rome in 360 AD.
- The Christmas season begins at sundown on December 24 and lasts through sundown on January 5, which correlate to the Twelve Days of Christmas.
- The liturgical color for the season of Advent is blue, to symbolize anticipation and expectancy.
- The liturgical color of the days of Christmas is white, to symbolize the joy and celebration of Christ's presence in the world.
- On January 6, the twelfth day after Christmas,
we celebrate Epiphany, when we remember the visit
of the Wise Men who recognized
Jesus as the Messiah.
"Epiphany" means “manifestation” or “revelation.”