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.
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 2012 Begin?
- When Does Advent 2013 Begin?
- When Does Advent 2014 Begin?
- When Does Advent 2015 Begin?
- When Does Advent 2016 Begin?
When Does Advent Start? (Previous Years)
- When Does Advent 2008 Begin?
- When Does Advent 2009 Begin?
- When Does Advent 2010 Begin?
- When Does Advent 2011 Begin?
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