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Symbols SHAPE  The circular shape of the wreath without beginning or end symbolizes Gods complete and unending love for usa love that sent his Son into the world to redeem us from the curse of sin  It also represents eternal life which becomes ours through faith in Jesus Christ ID: 723200

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Symbols

SHAPE:

 The circular shape of the wreath, without beginning or end, symbolizes God’s complete and unending love for us—a love that sent his Son into the world to redeem us from the curse of sin.  It also represents eternal life which becomes ours through faith in Jesus Christ.

NUMBER:

 The Advent Wreath traditionally holds four candles which are lit, one at a time, on each of the four Sundays of the Advent season.

 

 Each candle represents 1,000 years.  Added together, the four candles symbolize the 4,000 years that humanity waited for the world’s Savior—from Adam and Eve to Jesus, whose birth was foretold in the Old Testament.

Some Advent wreath traditions also include a fifth white “Christ” candle, symbolizing purity, that is lit on Christmas Eve or Christmas day.  Many circular wreaths can incorporate a white candle by adding a pillar candle to the wreath center.

COLOR:

 Violet is a liturgical color that is used to signify a time of prayer, penance, and sacrifice and is used during Advent and Lent.  Advent, also called “little Lent,” is the season where we spiritually wait in our “darkness” with hopeful expectation for our promised redemption, just as the whole world did before Christ’s birth, and just as the whole world does now as we eagerly await his promised return.Slide3

The 4 Weeks of Advent

The 

1st Sunday of Advent

 symbolizes

Hope

with the “Prophet’s Candle” reminding us that Jesus is coming.

The 

2nd Sunday of Advent

 symbolizes

Faith

with the “Bethlehem Candle” reminding us of Mary and Joseph’s journey to Bethlehem.

The 

3rd Sunday of Advent

 symbolizes

Joy

with the “Shepherd’s Candle” reminding us of the Joy the world experienced at the coming birth of Jesus.

The 

4th Sunday of Advent

 symbolizes

Peace

with the “Angel’s Candle” reminding us of the message of the angels: “Peace on Earth, Good Will Toward Men.”Slide4

Prayers for Lighting the Advent Wreath Candles

by William G. Storey

First Week

All-powerful God, increase our strength of will for doing good that Christ may find an eager welcome at his coming and call us to his side in the kingdom of heaven, where he lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit one God, forever and ever.

~AMEN.

 

Second Week

God of power and mercy open our hearts in welcome. Remove the things that hinder us from receiving Christ with joy so that we may share his wisdom and become one with him when he comes in glory, for he lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever.~AMEN. Third WeekLord God, may we, your people, who look forward to the birthday of Christ experience the joy of salvation and celebrate that feast with love and thanksgiving. We ask this through Christ our Lord.~AMEN. Fourth WeekFather, all-powerful God, your eternal Word took flesh on our earth when the Virgin Mary placed her life at the service of your plan. Lift our minds in watchful hope to hear the voice which announces his glory and open our minds to receive the Spirit who prepares us for his coming. We ask this through Christ our Lord.~AMEN.

Excerpted from 

A Prayer Book of Catholic Devotions

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Acknowledgements

Loyola Press:

http://www.loyolapress.com/our-catholic-faith/liturgical-year/advent/prayers/prayer-for-lighting-the-advent-wreath-candles

The Catholic Company:

https://www.catholiccompany.com/getfed/the-advent-wreath-tradition-meaning