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 2017, Advent begins on December 3rd for Protestants and most Catholics.  For Easterm Orthodox Christians, Advent begins  on November 15 or 40 days before Christmas.

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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