Advent: In contrast to the western civil calendar which begins on New Year Day (January 1), Advent starts the church new year. Advent is a season, an approximate four-week period, that encompasses four Sundays before Christmas (December 25). In the West, Advent begins any time between November 27th and December 3rd. The word “advent” comes from the Latin word adventus which means “arrival.” During this season, the church and Christians prepare themselves for Jesus’ joyful birth, his arrival into the world. Also, the church reflects on Jesus’ second coming, a somber contemplation.
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