"The name Advent [from
the Latin word 'Adventus', a coming] is applied, in the Latin Church, to that
period of the year, during which the Church requires the faithful to prepare for
the celebration of the feast of Christmas, the anniversary of the birth of Jesus
Christ." (Dom Gueranger)
Advent begins about
four weeks before Christmas and marks the beginning of a new Church year...
"Advent is a
period beginning with the Sunday nearest to the feast of St. Andrew the Apostle
(30 November) and embracing four Sundays. The first Sunday may be as early as 27
November, and then Advent has twenty-eight days, or as late as 3 December,
giving the season only twenty-one days." (Catholic Encyclopedia)
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