Advent

December 1st - December 24th 2019

Dec 1 Sun -  FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT 
Dec 8 Sun -  SECOND SUNDAY OF ADVENT 
Dec 9 Mon - The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary
                        (Feastday of the United States of America)
Dec 12 Thu -  Our Lady of Guadalupe Feastday
Dec 15 Sun -  THIRD SUNDAY OF ADVENT 
Dec 22 Sun -  FOURTH SUNDAY OF ADVENT 

Traditionally, Advent wreaths are constructed of a circle of evergreen branches into which four candles are inserted, representing the four weeks of Advent.  Ideally, three candles are purple and one is rose, but white candles can also be used. 

The purple candles in particular symbolize the prayer, penance, and preparatory sacrifices and goods works undertaken at this time. The rose candle is lit on the third Sunday, Gaudete Sunday, when the priest also wears rose vestments at Mass; Gaudete Sunday is the Sunday of rejoicing, because the faithful have arrived at the midpoint of Advent, when their preparation is now half over and they are close to Christmas.

The progressive lighting of the candles symbolizes the expectation and hope surrounding our Lord’s first coming into the world and the anticipation of his second coming to judge the living and the dead.