The first festival season is Advent. It begins the fourth Sunday before Christmas. The word advent means coming or arrival. The Advent festival season helps us prepare our souls for the coming of Christ at Christmas; for Christ, the Coming One, comes again to the prepared soul every Christmas. The Advent mood is one of longing and hope-filled expectation. The prayers speak of hope and development. The vestments are a clear, deep, saturated blue. The blue of Advent inclines us to be soulful, contemplative, and open for the great event that is to come.