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Why is Advent Called a "Little Lent"?

Q. Why is Advent sometimes called a “little Lent”?

A. The liturgical season of Advent earned the nickname “little Lent” because it’s intended by the Church to have a penitential character like that of Lent, and it’s shorter than the season of Lent. That’s why it has the same liturgical color as Lent (purple), a symbol not only of royalty but of penance. For