Advent (for kids)

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Advent (for kids)

  1. 1. What is Advent? Advent is the first season of the liturgical year in the Catholic Church. It always begins on the fourth Sunday before Christmas Day - which is also the Sunday closest to November 30 - and ends on Christmas Eve.
  2. 2. ADVENT The word “Advent” comes from the Latin word Adventus, which means “the coming.” During these four weeks we are preparing for the celebration of the coming of Jesus.
  3. 3. ADVENT Centuries ago, Advent was a preparation not for Christmas, but for Epiphany - when new Christians were baptized. New believers spent Advent's 40 days doing penance – just like Lent. That’s why we see violet in church during Advent.
  4. 4. ADVENT During Advent we are asked in the readings at Mass to prepare the way of the Lord. We prepare at home, in school and at the church. But the most important preparation is what happens in our hearts.
  5. 5. We make room for Jesus in our hearts by loving as Jesus did, by being kind, forgiving, sharing, caring, and being obedient. During Advent, we can prepare the way of the Lord by repenting and being sorry for our sins.
  6. 6. COME, LORD JESUS Obey Share Love Make room in your heart for Jesus Repent Pray Care Forgive
  7. 7. ADVENT WREATH The Advent Wreath is a very old custom that originally came from Germany. It is made of evergreens bounded to a circle of wire. Four candles are placed on the wreath along the outside. The candles along the outside are equally spaced apart. Three of these are purple and one is rose (pink) colored. Sometimes a candle in the center is white.
  8. 8. ADVENT WREATH The circle reminds us that God’s love has no beginning and no end. The green leaves remind us that God’s love never changes. One candle is lit on each Sunday of Advent. The rose (pink) colored candle is lit on the third Sunday of Advent, sometimes known as Gaudete Sunday. A white candle in the center of the wreath can be lit on Christmas Eve.

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