Velden floating advent wreath on the surface of Lake Woerth 11122009 22 851x315
Velden floating advent wreath on the surface of Lake Woerth 11122009 22 851x315

Advent: Happy New Liturgical Year

November 27th - December 24th, 2016

Advent is a season observed in many Western Christian churches as a time of expectant waiting and preparation for the celebration of the Nativity of Jesus at Christmas. The term is an anglicized version of the Latin word adventus, meaning "coming".

Latin adventus is the translation of the Greek word parousia, commonly used to refer to the Second Coming of Christ. For Christians, the season of Advent anticipates the coming of Christ from two different perspectives. The season offers the opportunity to share in the ancient longing for the coming of the Messiah, and to be alert for his Second Coming.

Advent is the beginning of the Western liturgical year and commences on the fourth Sunday before Christmas, the Sunday nearest to St. Andrew's Day (30 November).

The usual liturgical colour in Western Christianity for Advent is either violet or blue.

Readings

Year A First readingPsalmSecond readingGospel
First Sunday of Advent
November 27, 2016
Isaiah 2:1-5 Psalm 122 Romans 13:11-14 Matthew 24:36-44
Second Sunday of Advent
December 4, 2016
Isaiah 11:1-10 Psalm 72:1-7, 18-19 Romans 15:4-13 Matthew 3:1-12
Third Sunday of Advent
December 11, 2016
Isaiah 35:1-10 Psalm 146:5-10
or
Luke 1:46b-55
James 5:7-10 Matthew 11:2-11
Fourth Sunday of Advent
December 18, 2016
Isaiah 7:10-16 Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19 Romans 1:1-7 Matthew 1:18-25

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