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When Does Advent Start?

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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)
Question: When Does Advent Start?

Advent is a time of preparation for the coming of Christ at Christmas. Traditionally, it has been celebrated with prayer and fasting, which is why it is known as the "little Lent." Advent is also the start of the liturgical year in the Roman Catholic Church.

Answer:

As the Catholic Encyclopedia notes, "Advent is a period beginning with the Sunday nearest to the feast of St. Andrew the Apostle (30 November) and embracing four Sundays." That means that the First Sunday of Advent can fall as early as November 27 or as late as December 3.

You can find the date of the First Sunday of Advent for each year at the following links.

When Does Advent Start?

When Does Advent Start? (Previous Years)

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