WHAT IS AN ADVENT WREATH?
The Advent wreath is asymbol used during the season of Advent. It consist of a circle of evergreen branches set around four candles. The evergreen circle stands for the eternal life that Christ has won for all believers. The burning candles represent the coming of Christ as the light of the world (John 1:4-9).
The colors of the Advent candles can vary. Traditionally, three purple candles and one rose-colored or pink candle are used.
The purple signifies that Advent is a season of repentance as well as expectation.
A candle is lit on the first Sunday of Advent, with another one lit on each succeeding Sunday.
The colored pink candle is reserved for the third Sunday of Advent, calledGaudete Sunday.
Gaudete, means "rejoice" in Latin, is the opening word for that Sunday: Rejoice!… the Lord is near. (Philippians 4:4).