The word Advent means "coming" or "arrival."
Red and Green are more secular colors of Christmas. Although they derive from older European practices of using evergreens and holy to symbolize ongoing life and hope that Christ’s birth brings into a cold world, they are not used as liturgical colors during Advent since they have other uses in other parts of the church year.
The beginning of Advent is a time for the hanging of the green, decoration with evergreen wreaths, boughs, or trees that help to symbolize the new and everlasting life brought through Jesus the Christ.
The Advent wreath is an increasingly popular symbol of the beginning of the Church year in many churches as well as homes. It is a circular evergreen wreath (real or artificial) with five candles, four around the wreath and one in the center. Since the wreath is symbolic and a vehicle to tell the Christmas story, there are various ways to understand the symbolism.
The circle of the wreath reminds us of God Himself, His eternity and endless mercy, which has no beginning or end.
The green of the wreath speaks of the hope that we have in God, the hope of newness, of renewal, of eternal life.
Candles symbolize the light of God coming into the world through the birth of His son.
The four outer candles represent the period of waiting during the four Sundays of Advent, which themselves symbolize the four centuries of waiting between the prophet Malachi and the birth of Christ.
The light of the candles itself becomes an important symbol of the season. The light reminds us that Jesus is the light of the world that comes into the darkness of our lives to bring newness, life, and hope.
The first candle is traditionally the candle of Expectation or Hope .
The remaining three candles of Advent may be associated with different aspects of the Advent story in different churches, or even in different years.
The third candle, usually for the Third Sunday of Advent and symbolizes Joy at the soon Advent of the Christ.
The center candle is white and is called the Christ Candle.
It is traditionally lighted on Christmas Eve or Day.
The central location of the Christ Candle reminds us that the incarnation is the heart of the season, giving light to the world.
I do this, my center candle,during the Christmas Eve.
As usual, during our Sunday breakfast.
Have a wonderful celebrating the 1st Advent.........................Happy Sunday to all!