The season of Advent begins four Sundays before the Solemnity of the Nativity of the Lord (Christmas) and ends on the Vigil of that solemnity. The word Advent is derived from the Latin meaning “a coming.” There is a two-fold character to Advent, a time of preparation for Christmas, when we remember the first coming of the Son of God and also, a time when we look forward to Christ’s Second Coming at the end of time. For these two reasons, Advent is a time of expectant hope and longing. The color for this season is purple and on the third Sunday of Advent, Gaudete or Rejoice Sunday, rose vestments are used.
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