Advent Observances: Wreath

The Advent Wreath, which by its nature is circular in form, reminds us that God’s love is endless, having no beginning or end. The greenery is a sign of hope, renewal and new life, especially at a time of year when everything seems to be dead and decaying. The four candles, a new one lit each week, marking the four Sundays of Advent, are visible reminders that as the darkness of the world (literally, as well as figuratively) descends upon us, that darkness cannot overcome the light which Christ brought into the world through His incarnation.

The wrought iron stand for the Advent Wreath was commissioned by the community as a memorial to our brother, John Goldring SSJE. During Easter, it can be converted into a stand for the Paschal Candle.

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