Monday 1st December we participated in a full school Liturgy which was led by Room 1a and the Rangimarie Syndicate.
The symbolism of the Advent Wreathe was explained.
The four candles represent the 4,000 years prior to Christ’s coming and the four weeks of Advent.
The unlighted candles represent the dark ages before Christ’s coming.
The lighted candles represent Christ, the Light of the World.
Each week we light one more candle and that represents the idea that the coming of Christ is closer.
The circular form of the wreathe symbolises that God has no beginning and no end. The green of the boughs indicates hope – just as the green of spring indicates new life!
THE FIRST WEEK OF ADVENT – Hope
The first week of Advent is when we remember the hope we have in Jesus.
The prophets of Israel all spoke of the coming of Jesus, of how a saviour would be born, a king in the line of David. They spoke of how he would rule the world wisely and bless the nations.
THE SECOND WEEK OF ADVENT – Peace
The second candle is the candle of peace. It is sometimes called the Bethlehem Candle to remind us of the place in which preparations were made to receive and cradle the Christ child.
Peace is the gift that we must be prepared for. God gives us the gift of peace when we turn to him in faith.
The prophet Isaiah calls Christ “the Prince of Peace.”
Our hope is in God, and in his son Jesus Christ. Our peace is found in him.
THE THIRD WEEK OF ADVENT – Joy
The third candle of Advent is the Candle of Joy. It reminds us of the joy that Mary felt when the angel Gabriel told her that a special child would be born to her – a child who would save and deliver his people.
God wants us all to have joy. We light this candle to remember that Christ brings the promise of new life – a life inn which the blind receive sight, the lame walk, and the prisoners are set free. We light it to remember that he is the bringer of true and everlasting joy.
THE FOURTH WEEK – Love
The fourth candle of Advent is the Candle of Love. Its light is meant to remind us of the light that God has for us.
Jesus shows us God’s perfect love. he is God’s love in human form. The Bible says that “God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life.”
Love is patient, love is kind and envies no one. Love is never boastful or conceited, rude or selfish. love is not quick to take offence, it keeps no records of wrongs, it does not gloat over other people’s troubles but rejoices in the right, the good, and the true. There is nothing that love cannot face, there is no limit to its faith, to its hope, to its endurance. Love never ends.