Hope

In a little bit of detail I want to tell you some information about the traditional Advent Wreath.

The Word: “Advent” derives from the Latin verb “ven” which means to come. Beginning on the Sunday nearest to the Feast of St. Andrew, one week after the Feast of Christ the King, and encompassing four Sundays, we prepare ourselves to celebrate the coming of the Christ. One of the most familiar traditions of the season is the Advent wreath, profuse in symbolic promise. Though the word Advent is of Latin origin, the tradition of the wreath is probably Germanic.

Historically: The wreath is possibly of pre-Christian Germanic origin when people lit candles and placed them on wreaths during the dark days of December as a sign of hope for the light to come with spring. Likely during the Middle Ages, the wreath was adapted by Christians, to spiritually prepare for Christmas. Christ is called (among other names) the “Light of the World”. The celebration of Advent using a wreath gained popularity in the 19th century and was brought to America via German immigrants in the 1900’s.

The Wreath Shape: Christ is eternal; with neither a beginning nor an end. We can say the wreath itself reminds us of Christ’s eternal presence with its circular shape. As far back as the seventh century, wreaths wer