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altThe Advent Wreath

The Advent Wreath is a circle of evergreens. The circle is a symbol of eternity . . .

 and a reminder that God has no beginning or end. The evergreen is a symbol of eternal life and a reminder that God is immutable, or unchangeable.

Fastened to the wreath are five candles standing upright, at equal distances. Four candles represent the weeks of Advent, three of which are purple, reminding us of the penitential nature of the season. A rose or pink candle is lit for the Third Sunday of Advent. The name for this third Sunday - Gaudete Sunday - is taken from the entrance antiphon (or Introit) of the Mass of that day, "Rejoice (gaudete) in the Lord always, again I say, rejoice." It is reminding us that the end of Advent is almost here, and we can hardly contain our joy. The fifth candle, white in colour, is lit on
Christmas Eve.

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