Advent is a time of waiting and getting ready for Christmas. It is a time when we prepare our hearts to celebrate Jesus coming into our lives, our families and our world.
We make an Advent Wreath to remind us what this waiting time is all about. The wreath is in a circle because a circle has no beginning and no end. The circle reminds us that God’s love for us just keeps on going without ending.
Green is a symbol of everlasting life which gives hope to all Christians. Just as the green leaves stay green, so God’s love for us never changes.
In Aotearoa, New Zealand, Advent and Christmas are celebrated in early summer when the sun shines for long hours and all the trees and flowers are in full bloom. The days are getting warmer and brightness outside reminds us of Jesus coming to bring warmth and light to all the world. The sunshine becomes brighter and hotter. This reminds us of the presence of Jesus being born and bringing hope and life into the world.
The first candle which we will light at church on the weekend is a symbol of HOPE, as we begin the waiting time.
Please remember that Father Wayne has invited us all to join in the Sacrament of Reconciliation after Saturday evening or Sunday morning masses this weekend.