Advent –The word Advent means ‘coming’. Advent is the time of year we prepare for the coming of God’s Son, Jesus.
The Wreath – The Advent wreath is a circle. We cannot find the beginning of a circle. The circular shape of the Advent Wreath reminds us that Jesus came to give us a life that will never end, eternal life with God in Heaven.
The Branches – Evergreen branches used to make the circle do not change colors like the leaves on other trees. The evergreens in the Advent Wreath remind us that God never changes. He has always loved us and He will always love us.
Candles –There are four candles on the Advent Wreath, one for each week of Advent. The candles remind us that the Jewish people waited a long time for the Savior to come. The burning candle reminds us that Christ, the Light of the World, brightens the darkness around us. Each week we light one more candle, a sign that the more we let Christ into our lives the brighter it will be. A white candle is placed in the center of the wreath to celebrate the immaculate birth of Christ.
Candle Colors – Three candles are purple, a color that reminds us that we are getting ready to celebrate a feast. One candle is pink and tells us to be happy for our time of celebration is coming soon.
The Prophecy Candle is the first candle lit. It reminds us of the prophets who foretold Christ’s birth, especially Isaiah (7:14, 9:1-6, 11:1-9). This candle is also called the ‘Hope’ candle.
The Bethlehem Candle, symbolic of the Christ Child’s cradle, is second. This candle is also called the ‘love’ candle.
The Shepherd’s Candle is third. This pink or rose-colored candle typifies the act of sharing Christ. Pink symbolizes the Advent Rose, a time to pause in this season to Rejoice in the Lord. This cancel is lit on ‘Gaudette’ Sunday. Gaudette means rejoice. This candle is also called the ‘joy’ candle. T
The Angel’s Candle is the fourth candle. It is the candle of love and final coming. This candle is also called the ‘peace’ candle.
The Christ Candle colored white and sometimes larger than the rest, is placed in the center of the wreath. It is traditionally lit on Christmas Eve.
Advent Color- The traditional color of the purple came from when the tone for Advent was penance, just like Lent.