The date and meaning of Advent

What is Advent and when does it begin?

Advent is the season before Christmas and the beginning of a new ecclesiastical year.  In Western Christendom, four Sundays are included. In Eastern Christendom, the season is longer and begins in the middle of November. In 2020, Advent begins on Sunday, November 29 for Protestants and most Catholics.  For Easterm Orthodox Christians, Advent begins  on November 15 or 40 days before Christmas.

Advent Dates for 2020

Future Advent Dates

  • December 6 ​- Second Sunday of Advent
  • December 13 – Third Sunday of Advent
  • December 20 – Fourth Sunday of Advent

Advent Dates for 2021

  • November 28 – First Sunday of Advent
  • December 5 ​- Second Sunday of Advent
  • December 12 – Third Sunday of Advent
  • December 19 – Fourth Sunday of Advent

Advent Dates for 2022

  • November 27 – First Sunday of Advent
  • December 4 ​- Second Sunday of Advent
  • December 11 – Third Sunday of Advent
  • December 18 – Fourth Sunday of Advent

Advent Dates for 2023

  • December 3 – First Sunday of Advent
  • December 10 ​- Second Sunday of Advent
  • December 17 – Third Sunday of Advent
  • December 24 – Fourth Sunday of Advent

Advent Dates for 2024

  • December 1 – First Sunday of Advent
  • December 8 ​- Second Sunday of Advent
  • December 15 – Third Sunday of Advent
  • December 22 – Fourth Sunday of Advent

At Heaven’s Gate
The challenge is not how to be happy when things are going well, but rather, how to thrive in the face of adversity. This question, the season of Advent, powerfully addresses, making its message totally relevant for the living of these days. Read more.

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Charles is a Presbyterian minister, writer, editor, activist, publisher and public theologian.

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