Q. 1. What is the meaning of the word "Advent" and what does it represent in the Catholic Church?
A. 1. The word "Advent" means "coming." It comes from the Latin word "Adventus." Advent opens the new Liturgical Year, covering the time from the fourth Sunday before Christmas until the Nativity of Our Lord is celebrated.
The first Sunday of Advent is the Sunday nearest the feast of St. Andrew the Apostle (November 30th), and so it will always fall somewhere between November 27th at the earliest and December 3rd at the latest.
The liturgical color for this season is deep purple.
What "coming" are we preparing ourselves for during the Advent Season? We are preparing ourselves for the coming of the Lord Jesus in three ways:
(1) First of all, we are preparing ourselves for the coming of the Lord as the Judge, either at death or at the end of this world, whichever may come first.
(2) Secondly, we are preparing ourselves to receive the physical presence of our Redeemer through the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist.
(3) Thirdly, we are preparing ourselves for the coming of Christmas, the birthday anniversary of the Lord's coming into this world as God incarnate.