The Advent Wreath
One of the beautiful traditions of Advent is the lighting of the Advent wreath. The wreath is a circle of
evergreens with four purple candles around its edge and a white candle in the center. From the first
Sunday in Advent to Christmas Eve, the wreath grows in beauty and light as it helps us recall the hope,
love, peace, and joy that comes to us through God’s gracious gift of Jesus Christ.
Each part of the wreath has a special meaning:
The round shape symbolizes the eternity of God. It is a reminder that God lived before there was
a world; God lived in Jesus; God lives now and always will live.
Evergreens are used for the wreath because they live all year and never lose their needles. They
testify to the continuation of life and remind us that we often see Christ in the simple and
common things of nature.
The candles remind of the good news of Isaiah 9:2: “The people who walked in darkness have seen
a great light; those who lived in a land of deep darkness—on them light has shined.”
Traditionally, the four Advent candles are purple, although sometimes a pink or rose colored candle is
used for joy.
First Sunday- The Candle of Hope reminds us of the hope found in Christ’s birth and in the promise
of his return.
Second Sunday- The Candle of Love reminds us of the amazing and unending love of God.
Third Sunday- The Candle of Peace reminds us of the peace found in Christ through acts of
repentance and service.
Fourth Sunday- The Candle of Joy reminds us of the joyful news that God is with us and encourages
us to have joy in working with God to restore all creation.
Find a place of prominence in your home where you can place your Advent wreath and light it regularly.
Use the Advent wreath and this booklet to help you keep your commitment to a simple Christmas that is
focused on the good news of Christ’s birth, the joy of his kingdom in our world, and the hope of his