St. John’s Episcopal members create wreaths for Advent
Published 8:42 pm Friday, November 29, 2013
The season of Advent, celebrated in most of the liturgical Christian churches, begins this weekend on Sunday, Dec. 1.
St. John’s Episcopal Church hosted an Advent wreath workshop and social on Tuesday, Nov. 26, where persons could come together and make an advent wreath for use in their homes.
The Advent Wreath is a circular wreath, traditionally decorated with three purple candles, representing penitence, preparation and anticipation. One pink candle is added to represent joy, and many have one white candle in the center, representing the Christ child.
One candle is lit each Sunday throughout the advent season, beginning with purple and culminating with the lighting of the white or “Christ” candle on Christmas Eve.
The wreaths are used in homes and churches to remind the faithful and teach the children the many ways that Advent is a season of preparation for the birth of the Christ child and the celebration of Christmas.
The St. John’s event was the idea of Morgan Keel, a newcomer to the community and member of St. John’s. She said the event was so well received that they plan to repeat it again next year.