The period, of between three and four weeks from Advent Sunday (which is always the Sunday nearest to the feast of Saint Andrew) to Christmas eve, is named by the Church the season of Advent. During it she desires that her children should practise fasting, works of penance, meditation, and prayer, in order to prepare themselves for celebrating worthily the coming (adventum) of the Son of God in the flesh, to promote His spiritual advent within their own souls, and to school themselves to look forward with hope and joy to His second advent, when He shall come again to judge mankind.
- Father James J McGovern. “season of Advent”. . CatholicSaints.Info. 14 January 2016. Web. 28 February 2017. <>