Can you believe the season of Advent begins tomorrow, November 29th? Happy New Year’s Eve! (Liturgically speaking, that is.) Since the 16th century, the Advent wreath has been a traditional practice in churches and in homes as Christians prepare for the anniversary of Jesus’ birth, a season of anticipation and hope.
Have you ever wondered what the candles on the wreath symbolize?
- On the first Sunday of Advent, the first purple candle is lit. Known as the Prophecy candle, it represents hope.
- On the second Sunday, the second purple candle, known a the Bethlehem candle, is lit and represents peace.
- On the third Sunday, the third purple candle, the Shepherd candle, is lit to represent love.
- On the fourth Sunday, the pink candle is lit. Called the Angel candle, it represents joy.
- On Christmas Day, the white candle is lit, representing the birth of Christ.