†††† The Advent season consists of the four weeks which lead up to the traditional time for celebrating Christ's birth.
†††† Advent speaks of the Hebrew expectation of a deliverer and of the Churchís expectation of Godís triumph over all that is wrong. It reminds us that many of the Hebrew people expected the wrong kind of Messiah and warns us that we too may be looking for the wrong kind of victory. It warns us that just as many at the time of the Incarnation were not prepared for this revelation of God, so we (despite all our religious profession) may not be found ready for the fulfillment of the Kingdom. Hence, Advent is a time of penitence as well as of joy, a time for self-examination as well as a time for proclaiming joy to the world.