I found about about the following link via the Geranium Farm list. It provides an interesting look at how Advent as we know it originally came into being as St. Martin’s Lent. Here’s the link: St. Martin’s Lent
I know of some who kind of keep the spirit of St. Martin’s Lent alive by keeping Advent as a season of penitence. My parish has included the Great Litany on the First Sunday of Advent in times past, as well as the First Sunday of Lent.
How do you feel about the idea of having a more penitential church season prior to Christmas?