Today is the last Sunday of Advent.
Advent comes from the Latin word 'adventus' meaning 'Coming.' The season of Advent has been set aside as a time of preparation since the 6th century
In churches today, readings, prayers, and reflections will focus on the narratives and events that surround the final theme of the Advent season: The Annunciation of the Birth of Jesus.
The two purple candles, which symbolize penance and hope respectively, as well as the pink candle, which symbolizes joy, will be re-lighted, leaving only the white center candle, which symbolizes Christ.
What does Advent mean to you?
To me it is a time of renewal - of faith and family. A time to clean house, to prepare for the coming of the Infant Jesus and reflect on what that really means pray more deeply.