The Advent Wreath: Four Services for Home and Family

Bishop Peter Brignall invites us to share a simple ceremony of lighting the candles of the Advent Wreath.

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Placing four candles on green fronds has become a symbol of Advent in many Christian homes, especially in the Germanic countries and in North America.

‘The Advent wreath, with the progressive lighting of its four candles, Sunday after Sunday, until the Solemnity of Christmas, is a recollection of the various stages of salvation history prior to Christ’s coming, and a symbol of the prophetic light gradually illuminating the long night prior to the rising of the Sun of justice. (See: Malachi 3:20; Luke 1:78).’ Directory on Popular Piety & the Liturgy N.98

The wreath can be the focal point in the home during the journey of Advent; the lighting of the candles being part of the family meal.

The colour of the candles is not the main issue, and of course be sure that your Advent wreath is not a fire risk or danger to you or your home.

Each member of the household can have a part to read and share in these four services.