Advent Wreaths and Advent Candles

For Christians, Advent is the season that precedes Christmas, and is marked by a time of expectant waiting. During Advent, preparations are made for the celebration of the Nativity of Jesus. It is also the beginning of the liturgical year and it always starts on a Sunday. The season offers the faithful the opportunity to share in the longing of the coming of the Messiah and reminds them to be alert for the Second Coming.

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Matthew F. Sheehan carries everything you need to prepare for and celebrate Advent including a selection of candles and wreaths. Advent candles are made in shades of purple or blue, which are considered the liturgical colors of the season. The candles are used for different purposes throughout the celebration. Traditionally, three of the candles should be purple, blue or red. The fourth candle must be pink. Wreaths with a center, fifth candle are intended for the fifth candle to be lit on Christmas.

Advent begins the fourth Sunday before Christmas, though some sects begin on the sixth Sunday prior to the holiday. The Advent wreath symbolizes the passage of the four weeks of Advent that lead up to Christmas, in time with the liturgical calendar of the Western church. Wreaths are typically made from evergreen branches or of metal such as brass or pewter. The circular form of the wreath symbolizes eternal life, as a circle has no beginning or ending. The wreath is fitted with four candles along the perimeter and sometimes a fifth candle is added to the center. Each week a candle is lit while the bible is read and prayers are said. By the end of the fourth week, all the candles are lit. If present, the fifth candle is lit on Christmas Eve. Advent wreaths may be made of evergreens or metal fixtures.