Roman Catholics to observe First Sunday of Advent on Nov. 28

Published November 27, 2021, 10:28 AM

by Christina Hermoso

Christendom marks the First Sunday of Advent on Sunday, Nov. 28 in preparation for the Nativity of Christ on Dec. 25.

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In all holy masses on Sunday, priests in purple vestments, the color of penitence and fasting, as well as of royalty, will bless Advent wreaths adorned with four candles: Three purple candles, which symbolize anticipation and hope, and one pink candle, which symbolizes joy, arranged in a circle of evergreen to symbolize eternal life.

Some Advent wreaths include a white candle, which symbolizes Christ, and which is usually lit during the Christmas Eve mass.

After the reading of a short devotional, one of the three purple candles will be lit to herald the joyous season of waiting for Christ’s birth as well as to signify that “Jesus is the light of the world.”

Advent comes from the Latin word “adventus,” which means coming or arrival. The season marks the beginning of the Church’s liturgical year, her new year.

Observed on the Sunday following the celebration of the Solemnity of Christ the King, Advent is historically known as “little Lent” as it is also a time of repentance, prayer, fasting, and confession.

Meanwhile, the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) will launch the Prayer for the 2022 National and Local Elections on the First Sunday of Advent, which should be recited during Sunday masses.

In a circular, outgoing CBCP president Davao Archbishop Romulo Valles enjoined “all parishes, shrines, and chapels in the country to pray the Prayer for 2022 Elections prepared by Pangasinan Archbishop Socrates B. Villegas in all our Sunday masses.

“The prayer is similar to the Oratio Imperata but its focus is on the 16 values enshrined in the preamble of the Constitution,” Valles said.

The circular was issued in response to the request of the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) for an endorsement of its “Prayer Power Campaign” which urges the public to “collectively pray for a peaceful, credible, and transparent” elections.