• Patty West

meaning of the advent wreath

For many Catholics, Advent wreaths are a favorite way to celebrate the month of December leading up to Christmas Day. You may not be aware of the rich meaning and symbolism embedded in this tradition. The candles demonstrate the strong contrast between darkness and light. Jesus referred to himself as the "Light of the World" that dispels the darkness of sin: “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life” (John 8:12). The circular shape of the wreath, without beginning or end, symbolizes God's complete and unending love for us—a love that sent his Son into the world to redeem us from the curse of sin. It also represents eternal life which becomes ours through faith in Jesus Christ.

The 1st Sunday of Advent symbolizes Hope with the "Prophet’s Candle" reminding us that Jesus is coming.


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