noun \ˈad-ˌvent, chiefly British -vənt\

Definition of ADVENT

:  the period beginning four Sundays before Christmas and observed by some Christians as a season of prayer and fasting
a :  the coming of Christ at the Incarnation
b :  second coming
not capitalized :  a coming into being or use <the advent of spring> <the advent of pasteurization> <the advent of personal computers>

Origin of ADVENT

Middle English, from Medieval Latin adventus, from Latin, arrival, from advenire
First Known Use: 12th century

Other Christian Religious Terms

Pentateuch, blasphemy, curate, doxology, eremite, iconoclasm, liturgy, orison, pneuma, reliquary


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

In the Christian calendar, the first season of the church year, a period of preparation for the birth of Jesus. Advent begins on the Sunday nearest to November 30 and continues until Christmas. Viewed as a penitential season, it is also considered a time of preparation for the Second Coming of Christ. The origin of Advent is unknown, but it was observed as early as the 6th century. In many countries it is celebrated with popular customs such as the lighting of Advent candles.


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