Advent– Word with Latin roots, meaning “coming.” Christians of earlier generations spoke of “the advent of our Lord” and of “His second advent.” The first phrase refers to God’s becoming incarnate in Jesus of Nazareth. The latter phrase speaks of Jesus’ second coming.
Advent marks a time for Christians to REFLECT on The Incarnation (God in Flesh – Emmanuel)
The display of Advent Wreaths and the lighting of Advent Candles is primarily a congregational practice, though some families maintain this tradition. There are four candles of color formed in a circle, with a white candle in the center. Each week a new candle is lit. The five candles also have special meaning.
Purple has traditionally been the primary color of Advent, symbolizing repentance and fasting. Purple is also the color of royalty, demonstrating the anticipation and reception of the coming King.
The color pink represents joy or rejoicing and reveals a shift in the season away from repentance and toward celebration.