The Liturgical Season Of Advent

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Advent: Happy New Liturgical Year

November 29 –  December 20, 2020

Advent is a season observed in many Western Christian churches as a time of expectant waiting and preparation for the celebration of the Nativity of Jesus at Christmas. The term is an anglicized version of the Latin word adventus, meaning “coming”.

Latin adventus is the translation of the Greek word parousia, commonly used to refer to the Second Coming of Christ. For Christians, the season of Advent anticipates the coming of Christ from two different perspectives. The season offers the opportunity to share in the ancient longing for the coming of the Messiah, and to be alert for his Second Coming.

Advent is the beginning of the Western liturgical year and commences on the fourth Sunday before Christmas, the Sunday nearest to St. Andrew’s Day (30 November).

The usual liturgical colour in Western Christianity for Advent is either violet or blue.

Readings

Advent
Year B
First reading Psalm Second reading Gospel
First Sunday of Advent
November 29, 2020
ART — PRAYER
Isaiah 64:1-9 Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19 1 Corinthians 1:3-9 Mark 13:24-37
Second Sunday of Advent
December 6, 2020
ART — PRAYER
Isaiah 40:1-11 Psalm 85:1-2, 8-13 2 Peter 3:8-15a  Mark 1:1-8
Third Sunday of Advent
December 13, 2020
ART — PRAYER
Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11 Psalm 126
or
Luke 1:46b-55
1 Thessalonians 5:16-24  John 1:6-8, 19-28 
Fourth Sunday of Advent
December 20, 2020
ART — PRAYER
2 Samuel 7:1-11, 16 Luke 1:46b-55
or
Psalm 89:1-4, 19-26 
Romans 16:25-27  Luke 1:26-38
  Italicized readings, complementary to the standard reading, may be used with, or in place of it.

 

 

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