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Catholic Activity: Advent Wreath IV

The symbolism of the Advent wreath is explained in this section from an article on religious customs of Germany.

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In many homes one will find the "Advent wreath," a wreath made from pine branches, hung up horizontally in the living room, adorned with four candles--one for each week--and with purple bands descending from the wreath. The round form of the wreath speaks of the Church's holy cycle; its greens, of the divine freshness that comes to us by living with the Church's feasts and fasts; the four candles, of the four weeks of Advent; their light, of Christ the Light who is also our Light, and the purple bands, of the numerous blessings which descend into our hearts during these "way-preparing days" for the coming of the Lord.

Activity Source: Your Home, A Church in Miniature by Compiled by The Family Life Bureau in the early 1950s, The Neumann Press, Long Prairie, Minnesota, 1994

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