The season of Advent, which comes comes from the Latin word adventus meaning “coming” or “visit," begins four Sundays before Christmas and ends on Christmas Eve. Advent is the beginning of the liturgical year for Christians. [Liturgical -- from liturgy, which means the forms and functions of public worship.]
During Advent, we prepare for, and anticipate, the coming of Christ. We remember our own longing for, and need of, forgiveness, salvation and a new beginning. Even as we look back and celebrate the birth of Jesus in a humble stable in Bethlehem, we also look forward anticipating the second coming of Christ as the fulfillment of all that was promised by his first coming.
Advent & Christmas
All About Advent
Where Did the Season of Advent Come From?
Take the Advent Quiz
Rethink Church - Advent Resources
Rethink Church - Advent in Action
Advent Hymns Set To Christmas Tunes
Chuck Knows Church - Advent Wreath (video)
Full Lectionary Calendar