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Awaiting the Joy


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Marking Time For the Joy: The Advent Wreath

Advent wreaths are traditionally constructed of a circle of evergreen branches into which four candles are inserted, representing the four weeks of Advent.  Ideally, three candles are purple and one is rose, but white candles can also be used.

The purple candles in particular symbolize the prayer, penance, and preparatory sacrifices and goods works undertaken at this time. The rose candle is lit on the third Sunday, Gaudete Sunday. Gaudete Sunday is the Sunday of rejoicing, because the midpoint of Advent has arrived, and the faithful are close to Christmas.

The candles are lit on each Sunday for the four weeks preceding Christmas.  Each week we remember that we long for hope, love, joy, and peace.  We believe that the birth of Jesus brings all of these qualities to the world.


Singing the “O” Antiphons

Catholics have been singing the “O” Antiphons since at least the eighth century. The antiphons are derived from the Old Testament to proclaim the coming of Christ and the fulfillment of the hope for a Divine Messiah.  Their repeated use of “Come!” reminds us that we long for our Savior.  These antiphons are sung from December 17 through December 23.

December 17

O Wisdom of our God Most High,
guiding creation with power and love:
come to teach us the path of knowledge!

December 18

O Leader of the House of Israel,
giver of the Law to Moses on Sinai:
come to rescue us with your mighty power!

December 19

O Root of Jesse’s stem,
sign of God’s love for all his people:
come to save us without delay!

December 20

O Key of David,
opening the gates of God’s eternal Kingdom:
come and free the prisoners of darkness!

December 21

O Radiant Dawn,
splendor of eternal light, sun of justice:
come and shine on those who dwell in darkness and in the
shadow of death.

December 22

O King of all nations and keystone of the Church:
come and save man, whom you formed from the dust!

December 23

O Emmanuel, our King and Giver of Law:
come to save us, Lord our God!

—FromCatholic Household Blessings & Prayers

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Awaiting the Joy