The Advent Wreath
Most churches have at the heart of their worship during Advent is a ring or wreath. There is a symbolism with the wreath and its five candles that is useful in retelling the Christmas story.
The circle of greenery reminds us that God is eternal, the Alpha and Omega without beginning or end, and also of the hope we have in God, of newness, renewal and eternal life.
The candles symbolise the light of God entering the world through the birth of Jesus, and the four outer candles represent a period of waiting. Whilst the light from the candles reminds us that Jesus is the light of the world that comes into the darkness, it also reminds us that we are called to be a light to the world as we reflect the light of God's love and grace to others.
At Martin Way the beginning of each of the four Sundays leading up to Christmas Day, a new candle is lit to remind us what each of the four candles symbolises:
- Week 1 - Hope for all people
- Week 2 - The Prophets
- Week 3 - John the Baptist
- Week 4 - Mary, the mother of Jesus
The centre candle is white and is called the Christ Candle, traditionally lit at our service on Christmas morning.