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Catholics celebrate new church year

November 30 2008

Catholics on Sunday, November 30, entering a new liturgical year. Liturgical (church) year - a combination of different events, remembers the church during the year. According to tradition dating back to the X-XI centuries. It begins with the first Sunday of Advent.

Advent - a special liturgical time with their own specific service. Reverent and joyful expectation at this time due to preparations for the celebration of Christmas and reflections on Christ's second coming at the end of time.

Like Lent, Advent is regarded as a time of intensified repentance. During Advent, the Church in particular the degree encourages believers to commit the works of mercy. Advent experience reaches its climax on Christmas Eve - the eve of Christmas, according to RIA Novosti.

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