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First Sunday of Advent

The Sisters of St. Joseph of Toronto would like to share the season of Advent with you. Advent is the period beginning four Sundays before Christmas, observed in commemoration of the coming of Christ into the world.

The Advent wreath and candles are full of symbolism tied to the Christmas season. The wreath itself, which is made of evergreens, signifies continuous life. The circle of the wreath, which has no beginning or end, symbolizes the eternity of God, the immortality of the soul and the everlasting life we find in Christ. Thank you to MercyHome.org for the source material.

A candle on our wreath will be "lit" each Sunday and a special prayer offered on Christmas Day. Share in this glorious season with us!

The four candles represent the four weeks of Advent, and one candle is lit each Sunday. Three of the candles are purple because the colour violet is a liturgical colour that signifies a time of prayer, penance, and sacrifice.

The first candle, which is purple, symbolizes hope. It is sometimes called the “Prophecy Candle” in remembrance of the prophets, especially Isaiah, who foretold the birth of Christ. It represents the expectation felt in anticipation of the coming Messiah.

Here is a prayer you might enjoy saying while lighting the first candle:

"All-powerful God, increase our strength of will for doing good that Christ may find an eager welcome at his coming and call us to his side in the kingdom of heaven, where he lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit one God, forever and ever. Amen."

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