We celebrate this special time of waiting and preparation for the celebration of the Nativity of Jesus at Christmas (the first coming). The term advent is a version of the Latin word meaning “coming”.
Advent is often the preparation for the second coming of Christ.
Symbols used at Advent time:
Advent Wreaths include five candles in a circular setting representing God’s infinite love – made of evergreen leaves, which “represent the hope of eternal life brought by God. The candles represent four weeks of the Advent season as well as the light of God coming into the world through the birth of Jesus Christ. The fifth candle is known as the Christ candle and lit during the Christmas Eve service.
Advent Words: Love, Peace, Hope and Joy:
Each candle represents the Christian concepts of hope (week one), peace (week two), joy (week three) and love (week four).
Please visit the Irish Catholic Bishop’s website link (below) for the online Advent Calendar.