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When Does Advent 2011 Begin?

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An Advent wreath with a central Christmas candle on a home altar. (Photo © Scott P. Richert)

An Advent wreath with a central Christmas candle on a home altar.

(Photo © Scott P. Richert) The youngest child lights the first candle on the Advent wreath. (Photo © Scott P. Richert)

Lighting the first candle on the Advent wreath. By tradition, the youngest child lights the first candle.

(Photo © Scott P. Richert) Using holy water to bless the Advent wreath before lighting it. (Photo © Amy J. Richert)

Using holy water to bless the Advent wreath before lighting it for the first time.

(Photo © Amy J. Richert)

Question: When Does Advent 2011 Begin?

The season of Advent, the time of preparation for the coming of Christ at Christmas and the start of the liturgical year in the Roman Catholic Church, starts on a different date each year. When does Advent 2011 start?

Answer: Advent 2011 begins on the First Sunday in Advent, November 27, 2011. (For the date on which Advent starts in other years, see When Does Advent Start?)

You can find a full schedule of all the Sundays and all major feasts during Advent 2011 in the Catholic Liturgical Calendar for Advent 2011. And make sure to check out this list of Family Activities and Devotions for Celebrating Advent.

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