Advent is the first season of the liturgical calendar year. It is a time of expectation and hope. “Advent” means “arrival” or “coming” and it symbolizes a season of celebrating the gift of Christ to the world and watching, waiting and anticipating the second coming of Christ.
The color of the season is purple which symbolizes patience and humility.
The symbol of the season is the Advent wreath which is created out of evergreens, symbolizing everlasting life. The circle reminds us of God’s unending love and the eternal life He makes possible.
Advent candles are nestled in the evergreen wreath and a new candle is lit on each of the four Sundays before Christmas.