What is the meaning of the Advent Wreath?


Since circles have no beginning and no end, the circular shape of the Advent Wreath is used to symbolize God the Father and eternal life. The wreath holds four candles which are lit over the four weeks of Advent. There are three violet (purple) candles and one rose candle, each representing 1,000 years. Added together, the four candles symbolize the 4,000 years that humanity waited for the Savior.

Violet is a liturgical color that is used to signify a time of penance, sacrifice, and prayer. During the first two and the last weeks of Advent we light violet candles.The Third Sunday of Advent is called Gaudete (Rejoice) Sunday. On this day we celebrate that our waiting for Christmas is almost over. Rose is a liturgical color that is used to signify joy, so we light the rose candle on the third Sunday of Advent.

 Pewter Advent Wreath Traditionally, each of the four candles on an Advent wreath has their own meaning. These meanings are simply illustrated in The Four Weeks of Advent Pewter Advent Wreath. The first Sunday of Advent symbolizes Hope with the Prophet’s Candle reminding us that Jesus is coming. The second Sunday of Advent symbolizes Faith with the Bethlehem Candle reminding us of Mary and Joseph’s journey to Bethlehem. The third 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 fourth Sunday symbolizes Peace with the Angel’s Candle reminding us of the message of the angels: “Peace on Earth, Good Will Toward Men.”

When Advent Wreaths are decorated the materials often have symbolic meaning. The use of evergreens reminds us of our eternal life with Christ, holly represents the crown of thorns from the Passion of Jesus, and pine cones symbolize Christ’s Resurrection.

Do you have a favorite advent family tradition or activity ?


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13 Responses to What is the meaning of the Advent Wreath?

  1. Ledjoric Vermont D. Libiran says:

    Hello!, you all are so good so much imformation for our catholic life!

  2. I teach 6th grade catechism and I am looking for informatio on the Advent wreath. On this website (The Cayholic Company) I came across an article title “Advent and Christmas Traditions”, The Advent Wreath but now I am aunable to find it. an you help me?

  3. I teach 6th grade catechism and I am looking for information on the Advent wreath. On this website (The Catholic Company) I came across an article title “Advent and Christmas Traditions”, The Advent Wreath. but now I am aunable to find it. an you help me?

  4. I teach 6th grade catechism and I am looking for information on the Advent wreath. On this website (The Catholic Company) I came across an article title “Advent and Christmas Traditions”, The Advent Wreath. but now I am unable to find it. an you help me?

  5. Deborah Roy says:

    Hi!, I’m a 6 year Catholic convert and I’m now teaching RCIC and this explanation of the Advent wreath was perfect for my purpose. I am learning things about our faith right along with the children, and this made it very clear.
    Thank You,
    Happy Advent
    and
    Merry Christmas

  6. Joann Jordan says:

    Your explanation of the symbolism and meaning of the Advent wreath is perfect. I will always share with all family members and friends and all who ask. Thank you

  7. gloria bacior says:

    clear to understand thankyou

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  9. terri says:

    Thank you for the information on the advent wreaths greatly appreciated.

  10. Yolanda Newsome says:

    I am teaching RCIA to a young adults and this information really help me.

    Thanks

  11. God isnt real you fools I worship polar bears because i can prove they exist…

  12. Gretchen says:

    What would count as proof that God exists? What proof do you have that polar bears are worthy of human worship?

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