Christian time of preparation for observing the birth of Jesus Christ. Advent begins on the Sunday nearest November 30 and is the beginning of the Christian worship year. Advent is observed with the lighting of advent candles, display of wreaths, and special ceremonies. Advent also anticipates the coming again to earth of Jesus Christ. The season continues through December 24.
Period of four weeks in which Christians prepare for Christmas and meditate on the end of all time. In Western churches, the first Sunday of Advent marks the beginning of the Christian liturgical year. (Christianity)
That season of the Christian year which includes the four Sundays preceding Christmas Day. This is a time of preparation when the emphasis in worship services is on the events leading up to the birth of Christ.
The first season of the church year, Advent serves to prepare us for the coming celebration of Christ's birth. The word comes from the Latin, advenire, which means "to come." Advent themes include not only Christ's coming at Bethlehem but also his coming now in Word and Sacrament and his final coming in glory.
the season of the church year that starts on the 4th Sunday before Christmas and ends on Christmas Day. This season also is supposed to prepare for Christ’s Second Coming. (BCP pp. 159 – 160, 211 - 212)
A forty-day period of prayer, repentance, and fasting in preparation for Christmas. The word stems from the Latin word for "coming"; during the fast the faithful prepare for the coming of Christ at Christmas. See also FASTING.
Advent is the first season of the Church Year. It starts the fourth Sunday before Christmas and ends on Christmas Day, December 25. It is a season of expectancy and preparation for the coming of God to earth in birth of Jesus on Christmas. "O come, o come, Emmanuel," is typical of hymns sung during this season. (Emmanuel means "God with us.")
The season of Advent is made up of the four weeks before Christmas when Christians prepare for the festival. Often a ring of four candles is lit on each of the four Sundays to symbolise the coming of Jesus as the ‘light of the world'.