Advent is taken from the Latin word adventus, meaning 'coming' and is considered to be the beginning of our Church Year. Advent begins on the fourth Sunday before Christmas Day and ends on Christmas Eve (December 24).
For most Christians, the season is one of anticipation and hope. The most common themes used for the four weeks of Advent are Hope, Peace, Joy and Love.
Traditionally the primary colour of Advent is purple or violet, which reflects the fasting and waiting that forms part of the build-up to Christmas. It is also the connection between the birth and death of Jesus (a Lenten connection).
On the third Sunday of Advent the colour changes to pink or rose in anticipation of the end of fasting and the start of rejoicing for the birth of the Saviour this Sunday is sometimes celebrated as Gaudete Sunday meaning 'rejoice.'
Our Advent resources can be used by homes and parishes as well as schools. They are free to download below