Advent is taken from the Latin adventus, and means “coming” or “arrival.” The Latin etymology is ad + venire, “towards” + “to come”.
It is a season of preparation for the coming of Christ:
– we prepare to celebrate and reflect on the first coming of Christ, at Christmas
– we look ahead to the second coming of Christ, when “he will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead”
– we pray that Christ will come more deeply into our hearts, that our relationship with him will be strengthened
If you listen carefully to the readings and the prayers at Mass during Advent, you will hear references to all three of these themes of Christ’s coming.