Each week in Advent we have been lighting a candle on the Advent Wreath. There are three blue/purple candles, one pink/rose candle, and one white candle in the center. Originally the color purple was used during Advent as well as Lent. Advent is like a “mini-Lent” and is a time for introspection and repentance as we wait for Christ. In more modern times the color blue replaced purple so as to distinguish Advent from Lent.
The first candle of Advent is blue and represents hope. The second candle is also blue and represents preparation. The pink or rose candle is lit on the third Sunday of Advent to signal a turning point in the season. From repentance to joy! And the fourth candle of Advent is also blue and represents love. Finally, the white candle is lit on Christmas Eve and represents purity, light, regeneration, and godliness. White is also a symbol of victory.
I really love the tradition of the Advent Wreath. Each week we light an additional candle which makes the wreath lighter and lighter each week. On Christmas Eve the Christ candle is lit and then the entire room is engulfed in light as we light candles and sing, “Silent Night.” Then we are sent out into our world to share the good news that Christ is born!
See you Sunday!