It is time to make or unpack your Advent Wreath!
An Advent Wreath can be a meaningful symbol as we anticipate Christmas. Some families use the wreath as a focal point for a time of family prayer each week. They are easy to make and that too can become a family Christmas tradition.
Traditionally, Advent wreaths are constructed of a circle of evergreen branches into which four candles are inserted,representing the four weeks of Advent. Ideally, three candles are purple, and one is rose, but white candles can also be used. The purple candles symbolize the prayer, penance, and preparatory sacrifices and goods works undertaken at this time. The rose candle is lit on the third Sunday, Gaudete Sunday, when the priest also wears rose vestments at Mass; Gaudete Sunday is the Sunday of rejoicing, because the faithful have arrived at the midpoint of Advent, when their preparation is now half over, and they are close to Christmas.
The progressive lighting of the candles symbolizes the expectation and hope surrounding our Lord’s first coming into the world and the anticipation of his second coming to judge the living and the dead (adapted from USCCB.org).
You’re invited to bring your Advent Wreath to Mass on Dec. 1st st or 2nd to be blessed and hope you’ll do so. If, by chance, you own multiple wreaths and would be willing to give one to another family, please bring it as well. We’ll have a table in the narthex where you can offer it to others.