The Advent Wreath
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The Advent Wreath dates back to ancient celebrations of the Winter Solstice.- that time of year when the sun reaches itís southern most point in the heavens and the days are the darkest and most gloomy.
Because they longed for the return of the sunís light and life, the ancients stopped all usual activity, sacrificed the use of their wagon wheels and hung them up, festooned with lights and greenís in their celebration halls. Celebrations culminated in the ďNativityĒ of the sun - the turning point of the year.
As Christians, we use the same meaningful custom to anticipate the feast of light and life; the nativity of the Saviour.
We add one light on the wreath for each Sunday in Advent. We think of the darkness after Adamís sin and watch the growing hope and light as the prophets and the Virgin help us prepare for his saving birth.
Published Thu 6th Dec 2001 01:14:50