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December 2


First Sunday of Advent 


The four candles of the Advent wreath represent the four weeks of the first season of the liturgical year, Advent. Discover why we use three violet candles and one pink (or rose) candle to represent these four weeks of preparation for Christmas.


Today we begin the journey of Advent, a time of hope and anticipation of the coming of the Lord at Christmas, but also for Christ's second coming. Take time to reflect how you will prepare spiritually for Christmas this year.



Light one of the violet candles marking the season's first week, as you sing a verse of "O Come, O Come, Emmanuel."

Joe Brooks lights the first candle of the Advent wreath at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Alexandria, Va.   CNS photo/Nancy Phelan Wiechec

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