The word Advent comes from the Latin word “ad venire” which means “to come to” and “adventus” meaning, “an arrival.” “Advent” applies in three ways: the coming of Christ as a newborn babe, the coming of Christ in Word and Spirit, and the coming of Christ in glory at the end of time. On the first Sunday of Advent, we light one candle on the Advent Wreath.
On this first Sunday of Advent, we light the first candle, this is the candle of Hope. It reminds us of the prophets, those special people who spoke God’s word to the people during the hundreds of years before Jesus was born, and prepared the world for the coming of Christ.
We remember also Fr. Coudrin and Mother Henriette, the founders of the Congregation of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary, as modern day prophets dedicated to the Sacred Hearts and to the Catholic Faith in Hawaii.
Symbolism of the Advent Wreath
Evergreens are the ancient symbol of immortality, life and growth. They represent the everlasting love of God.
The Circle symbolizes the eternity of God – who is, who was and who always will be.
Light is the symbol of God’s presence. The arrival of Christ, the Messiah who overcomes darkness.
The Four Candles spread light into darkness. Each candle represents one week of Advent. Three candles are purple and one is pink. On the Third Sunday of Advent, the Sunday of Joy, we light the pink candle. The remaining candles stand for Love and Peace.
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