There are not any specific prayer petitions that must be used at Advent, and people are free to put forth whatever is in their heart as a prayer petition. Throughout Advent, there are four different candles that are used... More »

The Prayer of the Faithful, which is also known as the Universal Prayer, General Intercession or Bidding Prayer, is a series of intentions offered by the church for a number of different petitions. These include prayers ... More »

A prayer of petition is a prayer that includes personal needs and the needs of others. Prayers are a form of communication with God. Prayers of petition are also known as prayers of supplication. Prayers of petition inte... More »

An Advent calendar is a ornate calendar constructed with fabric or paper that contains small, numbered flaps that serve as a countdown during the Advent season leading up to Christmas Day on December 25. Most Advent cale... More » Holidays & Celebrations Holidays Christmas

Advent is the season during which Christians of various denominations spiritually prepare to celebrate Christmas. For the majority of Christians, Advent takes place yearly from the fourth Sunday before Christmas through ... More »

The four candles on an Advent wreath represent the 4,000 years between Adam and Eve and the birth of Christ during which mankind waited for the arrival of Jesus. A candle on the wreath is lit each Sunday during the seaso... More »

An Advent wreath’s evergreen boughs form a circular shape, symbolizing continuous life, with four candles to represent the four weeks of Advent. Advent wreaths sometimes contain holly to remind Christians of the thorns i... More »