Posted by Pastor Lance Lewis on November 30, 2015
Advent Wreath: Week 1 (Nov. 29th, 2015)
Advent is a Latin word meaning 'to come'. During Advent, we prepare ourselves for the coming of the Christ. Using the Advent wreath is a way for us to prepare our hearts for the celebration of Christ's birth.
The Advent evergreen wreath is a circular evergreen wreath with five candles. The circle of the wreath reminds us of God - who has no beginning and no end.
The outer four candles symbolize all those who waited and hoped for Christ. Purple is the color of royalty to welcome the Advent of the King. The pink candle represents the joy of our Lord's birth found in Mary and others who rejoiced at His birth. This year the first four candles will represent a different virtue connected with our Lord Jesus Christ: Hope, Peace, Joy and Love. The light of the candles reminds us that Jesus is the light of the world. The center candle is white and is called the Christ candle. It is traditionally lit on Christmas Eve.
The first candle on the wreath is the Prophecy candle. It reminds us of God's promise long ago that Jesus would come to save us from our sins. Many passages in the Old Testament tell about Christ's coming. The first of these is this morning's passage spoken by God Himself to His ancient enemy Satan in the hearing of those who had broken His command, ruined His creation, brought judgment on humanity and were in need of God's redemption. How exciting that thousands of years ago prophets told us about Jesus' birth. We light the prophecy candle to mark the beginning of Advent.
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