Advent begins on Sunday, December 1st.
Most of us have an intuitive understanding of Advent, based on experience, but what do the Church's official documents actually say about Advent?
Here are some of the basic questions and (official!) answers about Advent.
Some of the answers are surprising!
Here we go . . .
1. What Is the Purpose of Advent?
Advent is a season on the Church's liturgical calendar--specifically, it is as season on the calendar of the Latin Church, which is the largest Church in communion with the pope.
Other Catholic Churches--as well as many non-Catholic churches--have their own celebration of Advent.