We encourage you to set up an Advent Wreath in your home and light it along with us as you watch our livestreamed services in Advent.
Here are some instructions to make your own Advent Wreath. See also below under 'Downloads' for instructions on how to make a simple Celtic Advent Wreath. To make your own Advent candle arrangement, you don't need a full garland wreath, only five candles with the decoration of your choice.
Advent wreaths are typically circular, representing God's infinite love, and are usually made of evergreen leaves, which represent the hope of eternal life brought by Jesus Christ. Within the Advent wreath are candles that represent the four weeks of the Advent season.
The candles represent the light of God coming into the world through the advent (coming, arrival) of Jesus Christ. According to modern interpretation, the four candles symbolize hope (week one), peace (week two), joy (week three) and love (week four). The candles for weeks one, two and four are often purple or blue in colour. The candle for week three (joy) is typically pink.
Advent wreaths also have a white candle in the centre to symbolize the arrival of Christmas, known as the "Christ candle." It is lit on Christmas Eve. The Christ candle is coloured white because this is the traditional colour of this festival in the Western Church. (Source).