NOVEMBER 20, 2022
Advent commences on the fourth Sunday before Christmas, November 27th, and ends on Christmas Eve December 24th.
Beginning the Church’s liturgical year, Advent is a time of preparation that points our hearts and minds to Christ’s second coming at the end of time and to the anniversary of our Saviour’s birth on Christmas.
As we prepare to celebrate the Incarnation of Christ, the texts of Scripture during Advent tells us to be alert and awake, and ready to receive Him when He comes.
In our Church we set up the Advent Wreath of evergreen boughs with its four candles which remind us of the meaning of the season. Jesus has dispelled darkness and has come as a Light to the nations.
The priest wears purple vestments to accentuate the penitential dimension of the season, because Advent includes an element of penance in the sense of preparing, waiting, quieting, longing and disciplining our hearts for the full joy of Christmas.
Jesus has dispelled darkness and has come as a Light to the nations.