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About the Advent Wreath:
One of the best known customs for the season is the Advent wreath. Set in what is considered to be the darkest months of the year, the wreath and candle-lighting in the midst of growing darkness serve to strengthen this Advent image. Christians use the wreath as a sign that Christ reaches into our dark days to lead us to the light of everlasting life. The four candles mark the progress of the four weeks of Advent and represent Christ as “the Light that came into the world” to dispel the darkness of sin and to radiate the truth and love of God (John 3:19-21). The growth of light through the four weeks beams greater nearer to the light of Christ coming into the world at his birth. The wreath is made of various evergreens, signifying continuous life. These evergreens have a traditional meaning that is associated with our faith. The laurel signifies victory over persecution and suffering; pines, holly, and yew signify immortality; and cedar signifies strength and healing. Holly is also a special Christian symbol. The prickly leaves remind us of the crown of thorns, and the red berries the drops of blood shed for us. The unbroken circle is clearly an image of everlasting life, a victory wreath, the crown of Christ, or the wheel of time itself. The circle of the wreath has no beginning or end reminding us of the eternity of God, the immortality of the soul, and the everlasting life found in Christ. Any pine cones, nuts, or seedpods used to decorate the wreath also symbolize life and resurrection. Altogether, the wreath of evergreens depicts the immortality of our soul and the new, everlasting life promised to us through Christ, the eternal Word of the Father, who entered our world becoming true man and who was victorious over sin and death through His own passion, death, and resurrection.
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