The Meaning of the Advent Wreath
EOCCC: Our Language, Our Story 1.0, 2009.
The Advent wreath is green, the colour of new life and hope. Green reminds us of the newborn Jesus, who came to show us the way to everlasting life. Green reminds us of the gift of new life we received at baptism. Green also reminds us that we are people of hope, because God is always with us, to raise us up when we are sad, when we are sick, and even when we die.
The Advent wreath has three purple candles and one pink candle. Purple is the colour of kings and queens. It is also the colour of penance: the small sacrifices we make to welcome Jesus in our hearts, in our neighbour and to prepare ourselves to meet him on Christmas day. Pink is the colour of Joy. It reminds us of the joy of meeting Jesus at Christmas.
The Advent wreath is made in a circle, with no beginning or end. It reminds us of God’s everlasting love, which has no beginning or end.
We light our Advent wreath from a single candle. This candle reminds us of Jesus, who comes to us as Light of the World.
God our Father, you created us to be with you forever, and sent your Son Jesus to lead us to eternal life. We ask you now to help us pray with one heart and one mind as we begin this Advent season.
You show us the tenderness of your love in Mary’s newborn Son. Like Mary, may we always be ready to say “yes” to your plan, so that Jesus may be born in us. We ask you to prepare our hearts to welcome him, so that like the angels who announced his birth, we too might greet his coming with joy.