An Advent Wreath at Home

An Advent Wreath at Home

A good way to prepare for Christmas is with an Advent wreath at home, a custom that originated in Germany in the 16th century. Four candles (three purple and one rose or white) are surrounded by evergreen branches. The light of the candles signifies the light of Christ, which will come into the world at Christmas. On the First Sunday of Advent one purple candle is lit as the family prays: ‘Heavenly Father, as we begin this Advent, give light to our eyes and peace to our hearts. May the Lord find us watching and waiting in joy when He comes. We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.’

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