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Ten Fascinating Facts about Advent

The word Advent comes from the Latin word adventus, which means “coming” or “arrival.” The Advent Season always begins four Sundays before Christmas; so it is rarely four full weeks long, but only between three and four weeks, depending on what weekday Dec. 25 happens to be in a certain year. The Third Sunday of Advent is traditionally called “Gaudete Sunday” (from Latin, meaning “Rejoice!),...