Advent is the season in which we, as Christians, prepare for the birth of Jesus Christ on Christmas day. Each week we light the advent wreath to prepare for Jesus in our hearts and minds.
The four candles represent the four weeks of Advent, and one candle is lit each week in Assembly.
The first candle, which is purple, symbolizes hope. It is sometimes called the “Prophecy Candle” in remembrance of the prophets, especially Isaiah, who foretold the birth of Christ.
The second candle, also purple, represents faith. It is called the “Bethlehem Candle” as a reminder of Mary and Joseph's journey to Bethlehem.
The third candle is pink and symbolizes joy.
The final candle, also purple symbolizes peace. It is called the “Angel’s Candle,” It reminds us of the message of the angels: “Peace on Earth, Good Will Toward Men.”
The wreath and candles are full of symbolism tied to the Christmas season. The wreath itself, which is made of various evergreens, signifies continuous life. The circle of the wreath, which has no beginning or end, symbolizes the eternity of God and the everlasting life we find in Jesus.