Advent 2017

Advent wreath

Journey with us this Advent in hope, peace, joy and love.

The Advent Wreath

Advent marks the beginning of the Church’s new year and is a season of waiting and preparation for the coming of Christ. In fact, this season of Advent focuses on Christ’s threefold coming - past, present and future.

  • We await and prepare to celebrate the birth of Christ at Christmas.
  • We hope and give thanks for Christ’s presence within us and in the world and sacraments.
  • We look to the future, waiting for Christ to come again.

The word ‘advent’ means ‘coming’. Lighting the candles on the wreath symbolises the coming of light (Jesus) into the world. Advent wreaths can be used in church, at school or at home.

The first candle (violet) represents hope, the second (violet) represents peace, the third (rose) represents joy, and the fourth (violet) represents love. The central white candle is lit on Christmas Day and represents Christ.

If you want to make your own Advent wreath, download this how to guide for instructions.

This Advent, we invite individuals, schools, and parishes to journey with us as we learn, act and pray for a more just and fair world - a world full of hope, peace, joy, and love

Resources for 2017