Preparing for Advent
What is Advent?
Advent is a time to reflect on the truth in the Gospel of John: God so loved the world that he gave his only son (John 3:16).
During the Advent season we light a candle and read the corresponding Scripture so that we may focus our attention on Jesus and glorify him.
We use three purple candles representing Hope, Faith, and Peace, and a pink candle representing the Joy that is ours because of Christ’s coming into the world and into our hearts and lives.
The white candle in the center of the wreath is lit on Christmas Eve and is called the Christ Candle. It represents the birth of Jesus.
This tradition, dating back to A.D. 600, reminds us that the center of the Church and the center of our Christmas celebration is Christ Jesus.
Create an Advent Wreath with your family
There are many ways to construct an Advent wreath. It can be simple or elaborate, made from fresh material or from artificial greenery, so you can decide as a family which way is best. What is important is that you use something green, which symbolizes the new life brought to us by the birth of Jesus, and that it be circular as a reminder of eternity.
- You will need a wire, wooden, or styrofoam wreath (or even a wreath shape cut from cardboard). Fasten live or artificial evergreen branches to the wreath using wire or string. This circle of evergreen branches reminds us of God without beginning and end, and of His faithfulness.
- Set four candles in candleholders inside the wreath. Traditionally, the wreath holds three purple candles and one rose-colored (or pink) candle. Place one white candle in the center of the wreath.
- The candles are lit each Sunday before Advent. This year, Advent begins on November 29.
- Families are invited to light their Advent candles along with Pastor Joel each Sunday during our online service.
- The first Sunday of Advent we will light the first purple candle, the Hope candle. It represents the long years of waiting for a Savior. It is the anticipation and hope that the Messiah is coming.
- The second Sunday we will light the second purple candle, is the FAITH candle. It represents Israel’s preparation for the Christ child and our preparation for the second coming of Jesus.
- The third Sunday we will light the rose candle, the JOY candle. It represents rejoicing the Messiah who is coming soon.
- The fourth Sunday we will light the last purple candle, the PEACE candle. It represents the peace that God gives to all who wait on Him.
- The last candle is the white candle, the CHRIST candle, and it will be lit on Christmas Eve. This candle is lit as a celebration of Jesus’ birth, and that Jesus is the light of the world.
Place the wreath in a central location in your home. Many families place their wreath at the center of their dining room table. You may even decide to eat by candlelight and notice how much difference one candle makes in darkness. This will serve as a reminder to us that Jesus is the light of the world!