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 Advent 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 approximately 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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