Many, this time of year, put a Christmas wreath on their door,
The Advent wreath is similar, yet, it is so much more.
Holding five candles, each has a meaning to celebrate,
The coming of Jesus, as we prepare our spirits to wait.
*First is purple, with HOPE as its meaning
We prepare, our hearts, imagining angels, singing.
Second, in purple, the meaning is PEACE,
At the time this Child came, the wars did cease.
Third, in pink, with the world’s JOY,
To welcome this Child, this Holy, Baby boy.
Fourth, in purple, with the fullness of LOVE,
Unconditional love, surrounding the globe, from above.
Each week carries a meaning:
Hope, Peace, Joy, and Love,
Each week, reflects God’s message,
Like the Heavenly Dove.
Christmas Day, in white, is the Christ Candle, a first,
Through Jesus’ birth into the world, God’s Love did burst.
*Sources: The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church
(3rd ed., rev., p.382).
The Westminster Dictionary of Theological Terms
(Second Edition, Revised and Expanded), p. 58)
Dictionary of Bible Themes:
The Accessible and Comprehensive Tool for Topical Studies
by Rev. Dorothy M. Crockett (November 10, 2022)