1999 December The Advent Wreath

The Advent wreath is exactly what the word implies, a wreath of evergreens (yew or fir or laurel), made in various sizes. It is either suspended from the ceiling or placed on a table, usually in front of the family shrine. Fastened to the wreath are four candles [three
purple, one pink] standing upright at equal distances. These candles represent the four
weeks of Advent. Daily at a certain time (usually in the evening), the family gathers for a
short exercise of prayer. Every Sunday of Advent one more candle is lit until all four,
candles shed their cheerful light to announce the approaching birthday of the Lord. Before the prayer starts, all other lights are extinguished in the room and only the glow of the live candles illuminates the darkness.