We are independent & ad-supported. We may earn a commission for purchases made through our links.
Advertiser Disclosure
Our website is an independent, advertising-supported platform. We provide our content free of charge to our readers, and to keep it that way, we rely on revenue generated through advertisements and affiliate partnerships. This means that when you click on certain links on our site and make a purchase, we may earn a commission. Learn more.
How We Make Money
We sustain our operations through affiliate commissions and advertising. If you click on an affiliate link and make a purchase, we may receive a commission from the merchant at no additional cost to you. We also display advertisements on our website, which help generate revenue to support our work and keep our content free for readers. Our editorial team operates independently of our advertising and affiliate partnerships to ensure that our content remains unbiased and focused on providing you with the best information and recommendations based on thorough research and honest evaluations. To remain transparent, we’ve provided a list of our current affiliate partners here.

What is Advent?

Amy Pollick
Updated May 23, 2024
Our promise to you
CulturalWorld.org is dedicated to creating trustworthy, high-quality content that always prioritizes transparency, integrity, and inclusivity above all else. Our ensure that our content creation and review process includes rigorous fact-checking, evidence-based, and continual updates to ensure accuracy and reliability.

Our Promise to you

Founded in 2002, our company has been a trusted resource for readers seeking informative and engaging content. Our dedication to quality remains unwavering—and will never change. We follow a strict editorial policy, ensuring that our content is authored by highly qualified professionals and edited by subject matter experts. This guarantees that everything we publish is objective, accurate, and trustworthy.

Over the years, we've refined our approach to cover a wide range of topics, providing readers with reliable and practical advice to enhance their knowledge and skills. That's why millions of readers turn to us each year. Join us in celebrating the joy of learning, guided by standards you can trust.

Editorial Standards

At CulturalWorld.org, we are committed to creating content that you can trust. Our editorial process is designed to ensure that every piece of content we publish is accurate, reliable, and informative.

Our team of experienced writers and editors follows a strict set of guidelines to ensure the highest quality content. We conduct thorough research, fact-check all information, and rely on credible sources to back up our claims. Our content is reviewed by subject-matter experts to ensure accuracy and clarity.

We believe in transparency and maintain editorial independence from our advertisers. Our team does not receive direct compensation from advertisers, allowing us to create unbiased content that prioritizes your interests.

Adventus Redemptoris: the coming of the Savior. Now called Advent, these four weeks preceding Christmas Day are some of the most joyful in the Christian year. The first Sunday in Advent marks the beginning of the Christian year, in fact. These days leading up to Christmas Day, the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ, the central figure in Christianity, are days of preparation and expectation.

Adventus is Latin for "coming" and is the exact parallel to the Greek parouisa, which implies the Second Coming of Christ. Advent, then, reminds Christians of the Great Mystery: "Christ was born. Christ has risen. Christ will come again." Christians celebrate this time of expectation with special services, music and other reminders of a Church pausing to wait yet again for the birth of her Savior.

One of the oldest Advent hymns, "O Come, O Come Emmanuel," dates from early centuries and is a perennial favorite, with its themes of light overcoming darkness and captives set free. These are major themes in Advent. Christians see the birth of Christ as the fulfillment of the Old Testament prophecies, so the season is commemorated with candles and scriptures from the Old Testament messianic prophecies.

Christians celebrate their liturgical seasons with colors, and the color of Advent is purple or royal blue, symbolizing the birth of a king. Churches use paraments, or altar cloths, in these colors, as well. Churches also decorate for Advent, often with a Chrismon tree hung with Christian symbols, an Advent wreath, greenery and poinsettias. Children come to the fore in these days, with Christmas programs, Nativity scenes and Christmas parties.

In the Catholic and Orthodox traditions, fasting is common, at least for a short time, to foster a sense of expectation and joyful solemnity during this time. This sense is what makes Advent so special to Christians. In the middle of the madness surrounding this time of year, Christians are called to be still and remember how the Lord of all creation put on flesh and was born a human baby in a stable in a backwater town in ancient Palestine.

The secular world may be caught up in the craziness of the "holiday season," but those celebrating Advent can come to a place of peace and quiet preparation.

CulturalWorld.org is dedicated to providing accurate and trustworthy information. We carefully select reputable sources and employ a rigorous fact-checking process to maintain the highest standards. To learn more about our commitment to accuracy, read our editorial process.
Amy Pollick
By Amy Pollick
Amy Pollick, a talented content writer and editor, brings her diverse writing background to her work at CulturalWorld.org. With experience in various roles and numerous articles under her belt, she crafts compelling content that informs and engages readers across various platforms on topics of all levels of complexity.
Discussion Comments
By chrisinbama — On Nov 17, 2010

@dega2010: It is very common in the Catholic religion to place the Advent wreath and candles on the dining room table. Each night when you sit down to eat, you light a candle and do a reading of the scriptures. You have three purple candles and one pink.

The first week you light week one’s purple candle. The first candle is considered Hope.

The second week you light week one’s and week two’s purple candle. The second candle is considered Love.

The third week you light week one and two’s candle, as well as week three’s pink candle. The third candle is considered Joy.

The fourth week you light week one, two and three’s candle, as well as week four’s purple candle. The fourth candle is considered Peace.

By dega2010 — On Nov 17, 2010

How do Catholic’s use the Advent wreath and candle?

Amy Pollick
Amy Pollick
Amy Pollick, a talented content writer and editor, brings her diverse writing background to her work at CulturalWorld....
Learn more
CulturalWorld.org, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.

CulturalWorld.org, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.