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What is Advent?

Peace, Joy, Hope, Love

Please visit us daily for a new reflection from one of our community members highlighting the major themes of the season. Read today's reflection.

Advent marks the beginning of the liturgical calendar for the Roman Catholic Church. It is the 4 weeks preceding Christmas and derives from the Latin adventus which means “arrival.” It is a Christian tradition intended to help us prepare for the coming of Christ into the world.

The season of Advent is all about waiting, praying, and fasting in preparation for Christ to come as the light of the world. There are four weeks that connect to four main themes: hope, peace, joy, and love. Each week the readings and prayers focus on these themes, which help us prepare for Christmas.

This important season reaches its fulfillment at Christmas with the incarnation. It was in that moment when Jesus became human, like us, and showed us a new way to be in relationship with God. And so, during the season of Advent we are called to pray and reflect on ways in which we can prepare ourselves to receive the light that will come at Christmas.