• Celebrated on the 4 Sundays before Christmas, it is a time of 4 weeks’ preparation as we wait in hope.
  • Begins with the vigil on the eve of the First Sunday of Advent and concludes on the afternoon of Christmas  Eve
  • The colours violet or purple in Advent help us to remember that we are preparing for the coming of Christ.
  • The colour rose may be used on the Third Sunday of Advent, Gaudete Sunday, as an anticipation of the joy of Christmas

During Advent, each Sunday gospel reading has a distinctive theme:

  • First Sunday – the Lord’s coming at the end of time
  • Second and Third Sundays – John the Baptist
  • Fourth Sunday – the events that prepared immediately for the Lord’s birth

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