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This Year, we replaced the traditional Advent Wreath and Candles with a circle of 4 Advent Trees surrounding the white Christ tree.
These Advent Trees represent everlasting life in the midst of winter and death as the evergreen is continuously green. The circle reminds us of God’s unending love and the eternal life he makes possible. Each tree has a specific meaning related to the birth of the savior, Jesus Christ.
1st Sunday of Advent. The Prophecy Tree
The first blue tree, is the “Prophecy Candle.” It symbolizes HOPE and God’s forgiveness toward people. It symbolizes the expectation of the coming of the Messiah. This candle is in remembrance of the prophets, primarily Isaiah, who foretold the birth of Christ: “Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.” (Isaiah 7:14)
2nd Sunday of Advent. The Angel’s Tree
The second blue tree is the “Angel’s Candle” and represents the PEACE that the angels heralded and that Christ brings to the world. It also can represent purity. “Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, ‘Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.’” (Luke 2:13–14, NIV)
3rd Sunday of Advent. The Shepherd’s Tree
The third tree, the “Shepherd’s Candle,” is pink or rose. It represents Gaudette Sunday and the JOY that the birth of Christ brought to the world. Traditionally, on Gaudette Sunday, one takes a break from Advent fasting to experience the joy of the day. “And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.’” (Luke 2:8–11, NIV)
4th Sunday of Advent. The Bethlehem Tree
The last blue tree, the “Bethlehem Candle,” symbolizes LOVE and reminds us about the experience of Joseph and Mary in the city of Bethlehem. This candle represents the love of Christ in his manger. “This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” (Luke 2:12, NIV)
Christmas. The Christ Tree
A white tree is in the middle of the wreath. On Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and all the days of Christmas that follow, the white center candle is lit. This candle is called the “Christ Candle” and represents the life of Christ that has come into the world. The color white represents purity. Christ is the sinless, spotless, pure Savior. Through Christ the Savior, we are washed of our sins and made whiter than snow: “Come now, let us settle the matter,” says the Lord. “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.” (Isaiah 1:18, NIV)