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How to make an Advent Wreath

The Advent Wreath


The Advent wreath is an old German Christian tradition. You will see one in our Church every Advent. The wreath is a circle of evergreens. The circle is a symbol of eternity and a reminder that God has no beginning or end.  The evergreens are a symbol of eternal life and a reminder that God doesn’t change.

Four candles represent the four weeks of Advent. Three of the candles are purple, reminding us of the penitential nature of the season. A purple candle is lit for the first Sunday, then an extra candle for each of the other Sundays, remembering to light the rose candle for the third Sunday, also known as Gaudete (rejoice) Sunday. The name is taken from the entrance antiphon “Rejoice (Gaudete) in the Lord always, again I say, rejoice." It is reminding us that the end of Advent and the birth of Christ is almost here, and we can hardly contain our joy. The fifth candle, white, is for Christmas

The wreath is usually placed on a table and lit during family meals and extinguished at the end of the meal. The lighting may be followed by reciting Grace or by some family prayers. See parish website for prayer ideas

How to Make an Advent Wreath for your home

Video demonstration of how to make an Advent Wreath

Requirements:

·    - Oasis florist foam wreath 12 inches diameter (Available from florists)

·    - 4 florist candleholders (Available from florists)

·    - Live evergreens of your choice

·    - Seed pods, red berries (real or artificial)

·    - 3 purple candles, 1 rose (pink) candle and 1 white candle (sometimes available in a pack from florists or Veritas or individually from shops like Flying Tiger) buy extra purple candles to last the whole of Advent

·    - Purple and pink ribbon to make bows (optional)

·    - A plate for under the oasis ring

Instructions

·       Cut evergreens of your choice such as yew, holly, pine, boxwood, laurel etc. Use what is available in your area, what is easy to manage, and what appeals to you. Use varied shapes. Soak them in a basin of water overnight or at least for a few hours. Cut them into short pieces as you will insert them directly into the Oasis.

·    Soak the Oasis wreath in a basin of water until Oasis is wet (about 3 minutes).

·    Put the Oasis on a plate and place the 4 florist candleholders in the Oasis at equal distances around the circle

·    Insert the short pieces of evergreens so they cover the Oasis. Add seed heads, little cones and berries in groups. Keep the foliage near the candles, low so it doesn’t catch fire

·    Insert the candles

·    Tie the ribbons into bows and attach them to a cocktail stick and insert in oasis below the candle holders

Notes:

·       You may need extra purple candles to replace the first ones as they burn out.

·    Water the oasis regularly

·    Replace any withered foliage

Photo:

·       Take a photo of your wreath and email it to assumptionhowth@gmail.com

Warning never ever leave burning candles unattended (set a timer to remind you to quench them)

 

 

 

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