Today we came together in the lounge to celebrate the First Sunday of Advent. The Advent Wreath is a circular garland of evergreen branches representing eternity. On the wreath, five candles are positioned. During the season o Advent, one candle on the wreath is lit each Sunday as part of the Advent service. The lighting of an Advent wreath is a custom that began in 16th century Germany and begins on the fourth Sunday before Christmas day, or the Sunday that falls closest to November 30 and lasts through Christmas Eve. Set on the branches of the wreath are 4 candles, 3 purple, one pink and one white. These candles represent the coming of the light of Christ into the world. Each week of Advent on the Sunday, a particular candle is lit. Tradition states that the 4 candles represent the 4 weeks of Advent, each one stands for one thousand years, a total of 4,000 years, from the time of Adam and Eve until the birth of the Saviour.
Today on the First Sunday of Advent we lit the first purple candle, known as the "Prophecy Candle" in remembrance of the prophets, primarily Isaiah who foretold the birth of Christ. This first candle represents hope, or expectation in anticipation of the coming Messiah.