Christmas Kick Off

The Advent Tradition

The word “Advent” is derived from the Latin word adventus, meaning “coming." Most know Advent today as a time of anticipation and expectation of the birth of Christ. Advent lasts for four Sundays leading up to Christmas. The Advent season not only symbolizes the waiting for Christ's birth but also for his final return.

The Advent wreath was created out of evergreens, symbolizing 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.

The most common Advent candle tradition involves four candles around the wreath, and a single candle in the middle. A new candle is lit on each of the four Sundays before Christmas with the center candle being lit on Christmas Eve/Day.

Each candle represents something different.

The first candle symbolizes hope and is called the "Prophet’s Candle." The prophets of the Old Testament, especially Isaiah, waited in hope for the Messiah’s arrival.  

The second candle represents love and is called "Bethlehem’s Candle." Micah had foretold that the Messiah would be born in Bethlehem, which is also the birthplace of King David.

The third candle symbolizes joy and is called the "Shepherd’s Candle." To the shepherd’s great joy, the angels announced that Jesus came for humble, unimportant people like them, too.

The fourth candle represents peace and is called the "Angel’s Candle." The angels announced that Jesus came to bring peace--He came to bring people close to God and to each other again.

The fifth candle represents light and purity and is called "Christ’s candle." It is placed in the middle and is lit on Christmas Day.

This year Grace will be providing an Advent Wreath to anyone who would like to participate in this tradition with us.  Wreaths will be distributed at our Christmas Kick-Off event on December 2 at 7 pm.  We will be doing a drive in service where you stay in your car and we broadcast through your radio.  We will sing some Christmas Carols and hear a short message.  Then we will pass out wreaths.  To have an accurate number for wreaths, please register below to let us know you're coming.