Advent Wreath!

Advent, a time to prepare. Anticipating a big event stirs the senses and builds excitement. The word “advent” refers to the coming or arrival of Jesus Christ and traditionally consists of four Sundays prior to Christmas Day. Advent is a time for us to focus on the scriptures that herald Jesus’ birth and to prepare our hearts to celebrate anew His coming.

A traditional part of advent that you might want to incorporate into your celebration is a wreath consisting of four candles evenly spaced around is circumference with one candle in the center. The circle represents God’s eternal love that knows no end and the wreaths greenery represents the everlasting life that Christs brings. Each candle symbolizes an important aspect of Christ’s birth and is lit on a particular Sunday in advent.

The first candle is lit on the first Sunday of advent, shortly after November 30th. Is is called the prophecy candle and reminds us that Jesus’ coming was prophesised hundreds of years before He was born. The candle’s purple color represents Christ’s royalty and His title, the King of Kings. Suggested Bible reading: Isaiah 9:2-6, Luke 1:30-35 { I usually will have one child light candle or myself and one read the scriptures}

The second candle, is lit on the second Sunday of advent along with the first candle, is the Bethleham candle, reminding us where Jesus was born. It too is purple, for our king who was born in the manger. Suggested Bible ready: Micah 5:2, Luke 2:1-7

The third candle, lit on the third Sunday of advent along with the first two candles, is the shepherds’ candle. We are reminded that God sent the angels to proclaim His arrival to common man and that He uses common folks still today to spread the good news to Christ. This candle is pink or rose and represents God’s love and faithfulness. Suggested Bible Reading: Isaiah 52:7, Luke 2:8-12.

The fourth candle, lit on the fourth Sunday of advent, si the angles candle. When we light this flame, we are reminded of the heavenly hosts who proclaimed Christ’s arrival with, “Behold, I bring you good news of a great joy!” The angel candle is also purple, reminding us that the angels proclaimed a King’s Birth. As the number of lighted candles increases, the room becomes brighter, reminding us that the time for the Light of the World to arrive is drawing near. Suggested bible reading: Exekiel 34:23, Luke 2:13-20.

The fifth candle, the Christ candle, rests in the center of the wreath and is lit on Christmas Eve. This candle is white, symbolizing Christ’s holiness, purity, and perfection. You can also light this candle for the entire day on Christmas. Suggested bible reading: Isaiah 9:2-6, John 1:6-13.

Supplies needed: 1 advent wreath, 3 tall purple candles, 1 tall rose candle, and 1 white pillar candle.

Instructions taken from Celebrating a Christ-Centered Christmas by Sharon Jaynes.

Here are some pics to get an idea of what one might look like. You can do it anyway you want really.

God Bless you!!!
Advent, will start Sunday, Dec 5th. But don’t feel bad if you don’t do it on that day. Do it on a day that works for you. Christmas Falls on a Sat this year. So maybe do every Saturday, or whatever. Theres no wrong way to do this. The point is focusing on Christ this CHRISTmas.
In His Love,
Adrienne

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