Advent Discover the Christmas custom, story, myth and legend associated with the Advent. This festive tradition and Christmas custom, with its familiar symbol and meaning, has evolved over time. But what is the history, meaning
and origin of Advent? This
article provides facts and information about the history of Advent
as a familiar symbol, tradition and Christmas custom.
The Christmas Custom, Origin and History of Advent
Some origins date back to the pagan
traditions and customs of the ancients. Other symbols, customs and
traditions have specific religious significance to the Christian
religion and the Nativity of Jesus Christ. And finally there are
many new, non-religious customs which have emerged due to increased prosperity and the
commercialism of the festival in the modern world.
The Christmas Custom, Origin and History of Advent is religious.
The Meaning of
What is Advent? Advent is one of the Christian church’s
‘seasons’ that occurs immediately before Christmas. For Catholics,
advent is the second most important season of the church year (after
Easter). The season of advent is a joyful time for Christians who
are preparing to celebrate the anniversary of the arrival of
Christ’s birth. The word is derived from the Latin word ‘adventus’
or ‘ad-venio’ which means ‘to come to’ or ‘coming’. The season is a
four week time of preparation and prayer. There are always four
Sundays of Advent and it begins in late November or early December
depending on the year. The first Sunday of Advent is the beginning
of the church year.
The Meaning of Advent Charity is important in the
advent period, it is traditional to give Christmas gifts to the poor
or help others who may be in need. The church may seem quite bare
during Advent with no flowers on the altar apart from an
Advent Wreath. The vestments worn by
the clergy during the advent period are purple or violet. This is
the traditional colour worn although some churches have adopted blue
in order to distinguish between Advent and Lent. Other colours used
in advent are pink or rose and white. Pink or Rose is used on the
third Sunday of advent, this day is sometimes referred to as
Gaudette Sunday. The colour white represents purity.
Advent Christmas is
celebrated worldwide, throughout the Christian population of
2275 million people,
but is also celebrated by many non-Christians as a secular, cultural
festival. Customs such as Advent, have come to represent the spirit
and meaning of this special time of the year.
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