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Sunday Reflection 11/27/16

Hello Dear Friends ~

Today is the start of Advent, as we begin preparing for the birth of Jesus.

Just a little something about the advent wreath and the candles around it.

The first of the candles lit will be purple, and the first candle stands for Hope.

This is a tradition we had in our family when the girls were living at home.   Pete would light the first candle, the second candle was lit by Kristin our oldest ~ the third candle was my candle, and the last candle was lit by our youngest Aly.

Pete would say the prayer for each candle lit.

Our advent wreath was made by my Dad ~ something to treasure always.

advent-wreath

The Advent Wreath is a tradition related to Advent, the Church season immediately preceding Christmas. The Advent Wreath is a popular tradition among many Christians, Catholic and Protestant. It is often used in homes, churches, and schools.

The Advent wreath, first used as a Christian devotion in the Middle Ages, gets its design from the customs of pre-Christian Germanic and Scandinavian cultures, who used candles and greenery as symbols of light and life during the winter. The Advent Wreath is a circular evergreen wreath with four or five candles, three purple, one rose, and (if you use the five-candle type), one white candle for Christmas Day placed in the very center of the wreath. Some Christians use blue candles instead of purple.

The candles symbolize the light of Christ coming into the world. The evergreen symbolizes renewal, and the circular shape the completeness of God. The candle colors are derived from the traditional liturgical colors of Advent (purple and rose) and Christmas (white). Each candle is first lit on the appropriate Sunday of Advent, and then the candles may be lit each day as a part of the individual or family’s daily prayers

Advent Week One

Directions
Light the first purple candle

Prayer:
Stir up thy power, O Lord, and come,
that by thy protection we may be rescued
from the dangers that beset us through our sins;
and be a Redeemer to deliver us;
Who livest and reignest with God the Father
in the unity of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

Have a wonderful week all.

Much love,

Rose

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