In many Christian traditions, Advent is a four-week period of expectant waiting for the coming of Christ, which western Christians celebrate on Christmas, December 25. During the four Sundays of Advent, readings from the prophets in the Hebrew Bible focus on the ancient hope for a Messiah. Many churches observe the season with an Advent Wreath with four candles that symbolize the light for which the world waits, highlighting themes like hope, faith, joy and love. Finally, on Christmas Eve, the Christ Candle is lit symbolizing the coming of light into the world.

Centre’s celebration of Advent is a “Festival of Lessons and Carols.” The hour-long service of readings and songs take place in the sanctuary of the Presbyterian Church adjacent to campus.