The wreath for Advent is a round garland of evergreen branches (as shown in the picture above). This circular garland representing eternity. There is an arrangement of five candles on the wreath.
As soon as the season of Advent start one candle placed on the wreath is lit each Sunday as a part of the Advent services. Each candle represents an aspect of the spiritual preparation for the coming of the Lord, Jesus Christ.
The candles placed on the wreath have there own importance. There three purple candles, one pink candle and one white in the center. As a whole, these candles represent the coming of the light of Christ into the world.
The first purple candle is lit on the first Sunday of Advent. This candle is typically called the “Prophecy Candle” in remembrance of the prophets, primarily Isaiah, who foretold the birth of Christ. This candle represents hope or expectation in anticipation of the coming Messiah.
The second purple candle is lit on the next Sunday. This candle typically represents love. Some traditions call this the “Bethlehem Candle,” symbolizing Christ’s manger.
Then the Pink or the rose color candle is lit on the third Sunday of Advent. This pink candle is customarily called the “Shepherds Candle” and it represents joy.
The third purple candle is lit on the forth Sunday of Advent. This candle is named as the “Angels Candle,” represents peace.
Then last but the most important – the white candle placed in the centre is lit on the Christmas Eve. This candle is called the “Christ Candle” and represents the life of Christ that has come into the world. The color white represents purity. Christ is the sinless, spotless, pure Savior. Also, those who receive Christ as Savior are washed of their sins and made whiter than snow.
Celebrating with an Advent wreath during the weeks prior to Christmas is a great way for Christian families to keep Christ at the center of Christmas, and for parents to teach their children the true meaning of Christmas.