There are people who do not know what the meaning of Advent lighting is and today we will focus on the very special significance of the Advent season. Part of the meaning is the preparation for Christmas and birth of Jesus but there is more to that. The word “Advent” originates from the Latin word “adventus“, which means “coming”. The season lasts four Sundays and finishes on Christmas day. Usually, the candles are four but the Advent wreath may also have a fifth candle, known as the Christ candle for lighting on Christmas day.
Advent lighting – lighting the first candle
Advent lighting traditionally means candles. They can be arranged in a wreath or in any other way that pleases you. The tradition of lighting candles is very old. The family gathers together, read from the Bible, say prayers and sing hymns. The first one is a symbol of hope for the brightness and reminds to the Christians for Christ has already given. After lighting the candle people spare a minute in silence and in quiet thinking while watching the candle burn.
On the Second Sunday, the first candle is lit again and then the second. It symbolizes the increasing readiness to welcome the Lord.
The third Advent candle is lit on the third Sunday and first and second candles are re-lit before that. The light is a symbol of the hope that Christ will be born again.
Fourth candle is lit on the Sunday before Christmas and the first three are lit before that. People say prayers, sing hymns and hope to see all that is made known in the coming of Jesus.
Advent lighting ideas
The most popular design of Advent lighting is the wreath. There are endless ways to arrange the lights – from fabulous wreaths with evergreens to modern and intriguing ideas and just as many DIY ideas. Check out the gallery below and choose the way you will arrange yours this year!