The “Simple” Advent Wreath


A few days ago I set out to discover the meaning behind the traditional Advent Wreath. What I found was that traditions vary widely depending on your denomination. One thing we all agree on is that the wreath is used to mark the 4 Sundays (weeks) leading up to Christmas. The lighting of the candles is usually accompanied by the reading of scripture, singing of hymns and/or prayer.

The rest of it is not so “simple” at all.
The Candles & Their Colors can vary:

  • Deep Red (4)
  • White (4 or 5)
  • Purple/Blue (3), Pink (1), & White (1)

The Meaning of Each Candle can vary, but the most common ones are:

  • Hope
  • Love
  • Joy
  • Peace
  • Faith
  • Expectation
  • Purity (if 5 candles are used this is a white one in the center)
  • Another tradition views the symbolism as Prophecy, Bethlem, Shepards, Angels & Christ (for more on this CLICK HERE for a blog that will go deeper into this in the coming weeks

The Wreath itself:

  • The circle of evergreen branches is God’s endless love for us.
  • Holly berries symbolize the blood of Christ
  • Pinecones are a promise of new life

No matter how you incorporate an Advent wreath into your home church, I pray that you spend this advent season meditating on the birth of Jesus and that you will find true JOY in a loving relationship with the Savior.

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