The Advent crown or wreath is a religious tradition that symbolizes the four weeks of Advent in the liturgical calendar. While the majority have only four candles, some wreaths include a fifth candle, usually white and lit on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day. The white candle represents the light that Jesus brings to the world. Each one of the candles gets lit, one every Sunday leading up to Christmas.
Every decoration piece on the wreath has a significance; for example, some may add red berries, which signify the bloodshed for our sins. Some may place pinecones as a symbol of new life. Each candle has a different meaning, though the color and the purpose of each candle can differ depending on the denomination. The most common tradition typically uses four candles. The first, second, and third candles are purple, and the third one is rose or red.
On the first Sunday of Advent, the first candle is lit. This candle is generally purple; it symbolizes hope; some may also call it the Prophecy Candle.
The second candle is also purple, and it represents love, sometimes also called the Bethlehem Candle. The rose candle represents joy, also known as the Shepherd’s Candle, and last but not least, the love or Angel Candle. IT’s called the Angle candle because it is during this 4th week that the angels announced God had sent his only son to earth to save us.
Not many people use an Advent crown in their homes; they are most commonly used in churches. However, as restrictions remain in place because of the pandemic, this year will be different.
Perhaps this year, more than ever, the Advent crown may become part of our family traditions as we need the inspiration to help us dig deeper into our faith during these times of isolation. Advent brings new beginnings, and it reminds us that Jesus was born to bring hope to the world. Look for moments of peace to reflect and connect with your thoughts and your feelings. It is in those moments that we learn the depth of God’s love for us.
And if you, like many of us out there, did not grow up with the tradition in your family, consider being part of it this year.
And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be. - Revelation 22:12