The season of Advent begins the Church’s Year. The first Sunday of Advent is the first day of our new church calendar.
An Advent wreath helps us to follow the journey towards Christmas. Each Sunday a new candle is lit. There are four Sundays in Advent so there are four candles. Often the candles are of our Advent colour – purple, and sometimes a pink one for the third Sunday, ‘Gaudete’ or ‘Joy’ Sunday.
A fifth candle, a white one, will be lit when Christmas comes.