The Advent Wreath
The Advent wreath is a circular garland of evergreen branches representing eternity. On that wreath, five candles are typically arranged. During the season of Advent one candle on the wreath is lit each Sunday as a part of the Advent services. Each candle represents an aspect of the spiritual preparation for the coming of the Lord, Jesus Christ.
Advent Wreath Candles
Set on the branches of the wreath are four candles: three purple candles and one pink candle.In the center of the wreath sits a white candle. As a whole, these candles represent the coming of the Light of Christ into the world.
On the first Sunday of Advent, the first purple candle is lit. This candle is typically called the Prophecy Candle in remembrance of the prophets, primarily Isaiahwho foretold the birth of Christ. This candle represents hope or expectation in anticipation of the coming Messiah.
Each week on Sunday, an additional candle is lit. On the second Sunday of Advent, the second purple candle is lit. This candle typically represents love. Some traditions call this the Bethlehem Candle, symbolizing Christ's manger
On the third Sunday of Advent the pink, or rose-colored candle is lit. This pink candle is customarily called the Shepherds Candle and it represents joy.
The fourth and last purple candle, oftentimes called the Angel’s Candle represents peace and is lit on the fourth Sunday of Advent.
On Christmas Eve, the white centre candle is traditionally lit. This candle is called the Christ Candle and represents the life of Christ that has come into the world. The colour white represents purity. Christ is the sinless, spotless, pure Saviour. Also, those who receive Christ as Saviour are washed of their sins and made whiter than snow. Celebrating with an Advent Wreath during the weeks prior to Christmas is a great way for Christian families to keep Christ at the centre of Christmas and for parents to teach their children the true meaning of Christmas.