The season of Advent

Advent marks the beginning of the Christian year and begins four weeks before Christmas.

The word Advent means 'arrival' or 'coming'. For Christians it is a season of hope and a period of preparation for the celebration of Jesus' birth.

During Advent it is customary to have an Advent Wreath. These are made from a circle of evergreen plants. The circle symbolises God with no beginning or end. The evergreen is a reminder that God does not change. Four candles are placed round the circle with another in the middle. When unlit they represent darkness. One candle is lit on Advent Sunday and each Sunday another will be lit. On Christmas Day the candle in the middle is also lit representing Jesus Christ as the light of the world.

The Advent candles act as a reminder to Christians:

 

See also our Times and Seasons article on the season of Advent.

St Michaels Advent candles

St Michaels nave