Parishes of Glendermott & Strathfoyle
Saint Columb’s Church, Chapel Road Saint Oliver Plunkett Church, Strathfoyle Church of the Immaculate Conception, Trench Road Saint Mary’s Oratory, Newbuildings
*** The Season of ADVENT ***
The word “Advent” is derived from the Latin word adventus, meaning “coming,” which is a translation of the Greek word parousia
the Advent season lasts for four Sundays leading up to Christmas. At that time, the new Christian year begins with the twelve-day celebration of Christmastide, which lasts from Christmas Eve until Epiphany on January 6. (Advent begins on the Sunday that falls between November 27th and December 3rd each year.)
Advent symbolizes the present situation of the church in these “last days” (Acts 2:17, Hebrews 1:2), as God’s people wait for the return of Christ in glory to consummate his eternal kingdom.
To balance the two elements of remembrance and anticipation, the first two Sundays in Advent look forward to Christ’s second coming, and the last two Sundays look backward to remember Christ’s first coming. Over the course of the four weeks, Scripture readings move from passages about Christ’s return in judgment, to Old Testament passages about the expectation of the coming Messiah, to New Testament passages about the announcements of Christ’s arrival by John the Baptist and the Angels.