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Advent

A Time of Waiting
Posted on 12/01/2016
On November 27, we welcomed the season of Advent with the first Sunday and the first lit candle. The season of Advent is a time of preparation as we are invited to grow more like Jesus while we wait for his coming. We get ready for the birth of Christ by praying, reflecting on the promises of God in our Scriptures and by reaching out to others, especially the poor and the forgotten.

Each Monday morning in Advent, our entire school gathers in the gymnasium to light an Advent candle, listen to readings and to sing. Mrs. McPhail and her grade 2 students lead us each week....it is a real good way to begin our school week.

Here is an overview of the Advent Wreath, candles and their significance.

Advent is the season of preparation for Christmas. During these four weeks an Advent Wreath is traditionally used to represent aspects of spiritual preparation leading up to the birth or coming of the Lord, Jesus Christ.

The wreath, typically a circular garland of evergreen branches, is a symbol of eternity and unending love. Five candles are arranged on the wreath, and one is alighted each Sunday as a part of the Advent services. Each of the Advent Candle colors represents a specific element of spiritual readying for the celebration of Christmas.

3 Main Advent Candle Colors

These three principal colors of Advent are packed with rich meaning. Enhance your appreciation of the season as you learn what each color symbolizes and how it is used on the Advent Wreath.

Purple or Blue

Purple (or violet) has traditionally been the primary color of Advent, symbolizing repentance and fasting. Purple is also the color of royalty and the sovereignty of Christ, demonstrating anticipation of and reception of the coming King celebrated during Advent.

The first candle of the Advent Wreath, the Prophecy Candle or Candle of Hope, is purple. The second, called the Bethlehem Candle or the Candle of Preparation, is also purple in color.

Likewise, the fourth Advent Candle color is purple. It's called the Angel Candle or the Candle of Love.

Pink or Rose

Pink (or rose) is also one of the colors of Advent used during the third Sunday of Advent, also known as Gaudete Sunday in the Catholic Church. Pink or rose represents joy or rejoicing and reveals a shift in the season away from repentance and toward celebration.

The third Advent Wreath Candle, named the Shepherd Candle or Candle of Joy, is pink in color.

White

White is the color of Advent representing purity and light. Christ is the sinless, spotless, pure Savior. He is the light come into a dark and dying world. Also, those who receive Jesus Christ as Savior are washed of their sins and made whiter than snow.

Lastly, the Christ Candle is the fifth Advent Candle, positioned in the center of the wreath. This Advent Candle's color is white.