Advent

What Is Advent and How Is It Celebrated?

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What does the word "advent" mean?
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While the title "Advent" refers to the four-week Church celebration leading up to Christmas, the term itself means the arrival or beginning of something or someone.

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The Big Idea

For Christians around the world, Advent refers to the four weeks leading up to Christmas, where communities remember and celebrate the arrival of Jesus and join together in the hope of his ultimate return.

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People from which of the following Church traditions celebrate Advent?
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Not everyone in each tradition celebrates Advent, and the specific rituals and practices vary from community to community, but overall, people from each of these communities celebrate Advent.

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