Choral music for Advent

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In the four weeks of Advent, the Christian church prepares for Christmas. In the mid-8th century, the first Sunday of Advent was established as the beginning of the church year. Advent is regarded as a time of silent fasting. In the liturgy for the Sundays of Advent, the entry of Jesus into Jerusalem, John the Baptist, and Mary, the Mother of Jesus, are commemorated in particular. The third Sunday of Advent, “Gaudete”, expresses the anticipation of Christmas.