Advent is a time of expectant waiting and preparation for Christmas. The season reminds us of the original waiting by the Hebrews for the birth of their Messiah. Advent also reminds us that we wait for Jesus our Messiah to return from Heaven where he now sits at the Right Hand of God.
The Advent Wreath is a helpful way to mark the days of Advent. There are many elements of symbolism to be found in the tradition, and many themes and readings that help us prepare for the coming of Jesus, walking the tension of repentance, expectation, anticipation and finally, celebration.
The circle of fresh greenery reminds us that God is eternal, the Alpha and the Omega, without beginning or end, and his love for us never ends. The candles symbolize the light of God entering the world through the birth of Jesus. The four candles can remind us of the four centuries between the prophet Malachi and the birth of Jesus. The purple candles remind us of the period of Lent and repentance as we prepare our hearts for Jesus. The pink candle often symbolizes joy. In the midst of waiting and preparation, this candle is usually lit on the third Sunday, reminding us of the joy awaiting us as Christmas approaches.
Since this is a symbolic tradition, there is no set structure, no firm and fast rules. This is a simple guide – a daily question or quote to get you thinking, a verse or passage from Scripture, and a prayer or quote focusing on the Advent Conspiracy themes of worshiping fully, giving more, spending less, and loving all. It can help you and your loved ones mark the days of Advent with a daily practice of intentional thought, and help count down expectantly to Christmas.
We pray you experience the Christmas season in a new, fresh, different way this year.