Advent Wreath and Candles Set
The Advent Wreath and Candles are a traditional centerpiece of the Christmas season and provides a tangible and attractive opportunity to relay the beauty and sacredness of the Christian faith!
During the Eucharistic celebration on each of the four Sundays preceding Christmas, a coloured candle nested within the Advent wreath is lit to highlight and encourage the community’s heightened expectancy of the coming of the Child Jesus.
This same sense of expectancy can be brought into the family home, the school classroom, or the parish prayer space. By bringing this traditional practice in an explicit manner into the very centre of our everyday living areas, we highlight the living truth that Jesus Christ is the Light that guides our life!
The Advent wreath is full of meaning and provides a wonderful opportunity for parents and educators to share its treasures with children and teens alike in order to arouse and cultivate their inherent curiosity.
The wreath on offer is accentuated with purple ribbon which reminds us that Advent is a preparatory and even penitential season within the Church’s liturgical season. The circular form of the wreath reminds us of eternity, the immortality of our souls, and the everlasting life that is found in Jesus Christ. The evergreen foliage found around the wreath represent Christ’s Passion (holly), His victory over death (laurel), and His glorious resurrection (pinecone).
The four candles, three purple and one rose, represent the period of time between Adam and the birth of the Saviour in the incarnated sphere of Salvation History. The purple candles remind us that this is a time for prayer, penance, and goods works. The rose candle, lit on Gaudete Sunday, speaks of the joy of having arrived at the midpoint of Advent when our preparation is half over and we draw ever closer to Christmas Day.