Advent is a time of expectant waiting and preparation for the celebration of the Nativity. Advent is a preparation for the celebration of Christmas occurring during the four weeks prior to Christmas.
The wreath, which is a circle, symbolizes the unending love God has for his people. The light from the candles symbolizes the Light that Christ brought to the world.
There are 4 coloured candles around the wreath to represent each of the 4 weeks of Advent. The first candle of Advent is purple. This candle is called the Prophet’s candle and it symbolizes hope.