What Does Advent Mean?

Sunday, December 1, was the first Sunday of Advent. Advent means “coming” and in this season we prepare for the coming of Christ. One of the ways we prepare for the coming is by making the Advent wreath and lighting its candles to remind us of the gifts Christ brings to the world.

The Advent wreath includes many symbols to help us think about Christ and His gifts. The wreath itself is in the shape of a circle. A circle has no beginning and no end. This reminds us that there is no beginning and no end to God and that God’s love and caring are forever.

The light from the candles — which grows stronger each Sunday in Advent, reminds us that Jesus is the light of the world.

The first candle is the candle of hope. The people of Israel hoped in God’s promises and were not disappointed. The second candle is the candle of peace. Christ brought peace when he first came to us and He will bring everlasting peace when He comes again. The third candle is the candle of Joy. When Gabriel told Mary that a special child would be born to her, she was filled with Joy. The fourth candle is the candle of Love. God’s love is a perfect love. It holds nothing back. God, in love, gives us everything we need to live a live a life of hope and peace.

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