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The Season of Advent in the Catholic Church

Advent is the time of preparation for the coming of Christ at Christmas. It is also the start of the liturgical year in the Roman Catholic Church. Find out more about this season, once known as the "little Lent," and incorporate traditional practices into your observance of Advent.

The Season of Advent in the Catholic Church
Advent is a period of preparation before Christmas. Learn more about the season of Advent in the Catholic Church.

When Does Advent Start?
Advent is a time of preparation for the coming of Christ at Christmas. When does Advent start?

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When Should You Take Down Your Christmas Tree?
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What Is Gaudete Sunday?
How did Gaudete Sunday get its name, and what is the significance of Gaudete Sunday?

Scripture Readings for the First Week of Advent
An excellent way to focus our thoughts and deepen our understanding of the meaning of Advent is to turn to the Bible. In the Office of the Readings, part of the Liturgy of the Hours, the official prayer of the Church, the Church turns to the Old Testament book of the Prophet Isaiah for passages that are appropriate to every day of the Advent...

Scripture Readings for the Second Week of Advent
An excellent way to focus our thoughts and deepen our understanding of the meaning of Advent is to turn to the Bible. In the Office of the Readings, part of the Liturgy of the Hours, the official prayer of the Church, the Church turns to the Old Testament book of the Prophet Isaiah for passages that are appropriate to every day of the Advent...

Scripture Readings for the Third Week of Advent
An excellent way to focus our thoughts and deepen our understanding of the meaning of Advent is to turn to the Bible. In the Office of the Readings, part of the Liturgy of the Hours, the official prayer of the Church, the Church turns to the Old Testament book of the Prophet Isaiah for passages that are appropriate to every day of the Advent...

Scripture Readings for the Fourth Week of Advent
An excellent way to focus our thoughts and deepen our understanding of the meaning of Advent is to turn to the Bible. In the Office of the Readings, part of the Liturgy of the Hours, the official prayer of the Church, the Church turns to the Old Testament book of the Prophet Isaiah for passages that are appropriate to every day of the Advent season.

Advent Scripture Readings for December 17 through December 24
An excellent way to focus our thoughts and deepen our understanding of the meaning of Advent is to turn to the Bible. In the Office of the Readings, part of the Liturgy of the Hours, the official prayer of the Church, the Church turns to the Old Testament book of the Prophet Isaiah for passages that are appropriate to every day of the Advent...

What Is an Advent Wreath?
The Advent wreath is a popular Advent custom that originated in Germany.

Bless an Advent Wreath
Find complete instructions on how to bless your Advent wreath at the beginning of Advent.

Advent Wreath Prayer for the First Week of Advent
In our prayer for the Advent wreath for the first week of Advent, we ask Christ to come, to set us free from our sins and from the punishment that we deserve. He is our salvation.

Advent Wreath Prayer for the Second Week of Advent
In this prayer for the Advent wreath for the second week of Advent, we ask Christ to move us to action, so that we can prepare ourselves for His coming at Christmas.

Advent Wreath Prayer for the Third Week of Advent
In the prayer for the Advent wreath for the third week of Advent, we anticipate Christmas, and so we ask Christ to grant us His grace that we might be prepared for welcoming His Birth.

Advent Wreath Prayer for the Fourth Week of Advent
In our Advent wreath prayer for the fourth and final week of Advent, we ask Christ to forgive us for our sins and, through His grace, to create us anew when He comes.

Homemade Advent Wreaths - Pictures and Stories
Pictures of homemade Advent wreaths submitted by readers of the About.com GuideSite to Catholicism. Use them to spark your own ideas for homemade Advent wreaths!See submissions

When Does Advent 2016 Begin?
The season of Advent begins on a different date each year. When does Advent 2016 begin?

When Does Advent 2017 Begin?
The season of Advent begins on a different date each year. When does Advent 2017 begin?

When Does Advent 2018 Begin?
The season of Advent begins on a different date each year. When does Advent 2018 begin?

When Does Advent 2019 Begin?
The season of Advent begins on a different date each year. When does Advent 2019 begin?

Catholic Liturgical Calendar for Advent 2016
Find the dates of the Sundays and major feast days that fall in Advent 2016, as well as links to further information.

Catholic Liturgical Calendar for Advent 2017
Find the dates of the Sundays and major feast days that fall in Advent 2017, as well as links to further information.

Catholic Liturgical Calendar for Advent 2018
Find the dates of the Sundays and major feast days that fall in Advent 2018, as well as links to further information.

Catholic Liturgical Calendar for Advent 2019
Find the dates of the Sundays and major feast days that fall in Advent 2019, as well as links to further information.

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