Please join us for Advent Wreath making on Sunday, December 3 at 10:00 a.m. in the Parish Hall. “The Best Breakfast in Richmond” is served from 9:15-10:00. Worship is at 7:45, 8:45, and 11:00 a.m. You are invited to join in, and if you’d like to bring greenery from your garden please do so.
The Advent wreath is a tradition that helps us take time out from our busy Christmas preparations to open our hearts to Jesus. The circular form of the wreath, like God’s love, is never-ending. The greenery that covers it reminds us of everlasting life and hope because evergreen trees are green even in the midst of winter. The candles are symbols of the light God brings us. Three of them are traditionally purple, the royal color for the new King. A fourth candle is pink and is lit on the third Sunday of Advent. Some people light a white candle, the Christ Candle, in the center of the wreath on Christmas Day.
Advent means “coming” in Latin. The first Sunday of Advent marks the beginning of the new church year. The color for Advent is purple or a royal blue, which represents preparation, penitence and royalty. Common symbols include the Advent wreath; the Jesse Tree; an empty crèche awaiting the arrival of the Christ child; and Advent calendars.