Category Archives: Externals of the Church

Lent

Lenten Season The Teutonic word Lent, which we employ to denote the forty days’ fast preceding Easter, originally meant no more than the spring season. Still it has been used from the Anglo-Saxon period to translate the more significant Latin term quadragesima(French carême, Italian quaresima, Spanish cuaresma), meaning the “forty days”, or more literally … Continue reading

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Advent Wreath

“Customarily the Advent Wreath is constructed of a circle of evergreen branches into which are inserted four candles. According to tradition, three of the candles are violet and the fourth is rose. However, four violet or white candles may also … Continue reading

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What is Advent?

(Latin ad-venio means to come to). According to present [1907] usage, Advent is a period beginning with the Sunday nearest to the feast of St. Andrew the Apostle(30 November) and embracing four Sundays. The first Sunday may be as early as 27 November, and then Advent has twenty-eight days, or as … Continue reading

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