On Sunday we started the new liturgical year with the First Sunday of Advent.
- Advent is the Season that includes four Sundays preceding Christmas. The Advent Season marks the beginning of the Liturgical Calendar. It always begins in late November or early December. On November 30th or on the Sunday that is the closest to this date, the Catholic Church begins the Liturgical Season of Advent. Advent ends on December 24th before the evening prayer of Christmas.
- The word “advent” is derived from the Latin word “adventus,” which means “coming” or “arrival.” During this time the faithful are admonished to prepare themselves for the coming of the Lord Jesus in three ways:
- (1) First, to prepare themselves for the coming of the Lord as the Judge, either at death or at the end of this world, whichever may come first.
- (2) Secondly, to prepare themselves to receive the Real Presence of our Redeemer at Christmas through the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist.
- (3) Thirdly, to prepare themselves for the coming of Christmas, the birthday anniversary of the Lord’s coming into this world as God incarnate.