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The story of the Advent wreath

 

The Advent wreath is an important part of the Catholic Christmas tradition. Its origin, however, is still wrapped in mysteries. There is much evidence that this tradition has protogermanic roots. These ancient peoples use wreaths with candles. This was especially common on December days, when it was very cold and dark.

The wreath with the candles was seen as a symbol of light and warmth, which will come again despite the present darkness.

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Prayers are also related to these wreaths. The old Teutons wanted to turn the "wreath" of the earth with the candles so that you come back to the sunny side.

The 4 candles symbolize the 4 Advent Sundays

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Advent wreath in the Middle Ages

In the Middle Ages, this tradition, like many others, was taken over by Christianity. In the church, Christ is also compared to the light that saves the world from the darkness. So the symbolism of the Advent wreath was very appropriate to illustrate this.

Let there be light!

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The symbolism of the Advent wreath

The Advent wreath has been created from many evergreen branches. They symbolize life, which like the circle does not end and renews itself. Traditionally, laurel is used to make the Advent wreath. He symbolizes the victory over the persecution and the suffering. Stone pine (pine), holly (Ilex) and yew stand for immortality. Cedar is a sign of strength and healing power.

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The holly also carries a specific Christian symbolism. The prickly leaves awaken the further association with crown of thorns. The evergreen ilex leaves and the red drupes look adorable in every Advent decoration. Pine cones, nuts or seed pods, which are used for the decoration of the Christmas wreath, symbolize eternal life.

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Overall, the Advent wreath symbolizes the immortality of our soul, as well as the new, modern life, which is promised by Christ.

The four candles

The four candles on the Advent wreath are primarily for the four weeks of Advent. However, they have another symbolic meaning. The candles each represent a year-millennial period separating the work of Adam and Eve and the birth of Christ.

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The candles on Advent wreath are different colors. The most common variant includes three in purple and one in pink.

The candles are lit one after the other on Sundays. On the first Sunday one burns in purple, on the second - two, and on the third - three in that nuance. The candle in pink is lit on the last Sunday, so at Christmas. It corresponds to the clothes of the priest, who puts on a robe in pink for Mass.

Overall, the successive lighting of the candles symbolizes the hopeful expectation of the birth of Christ.

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Advent wreath in the family

Mostly the Advent wreath is on the table every Sunday in every family. Light the candles when they are all together and ready for prayer. This is how it works until Christmas.

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The modern Advent wreath

Many people choose a traditional laurel wreath with four candles. However, there are also many modern, decorative variants. We think they are all beautiful and fitting as soon as the main idea of ​​the Advent wreath is kept.

How can you make a modern Advent wreath?

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