AFFF – Draw Nearer to The Lord

During this Advent Season, we had an opportunity to gather and draw nearer to The Lord by reflecting on the meaning of Advent. Traditionally, Advent wreaths are constructed of a circle of evergreen branches into which four candles are inserted, representing and the four weeks leading up to the Nativity of Our Lord.  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, when the priest also wears rose vestments at Mass; Gaudete Sunday is the Sunday of rejoicing, because the faithful have arrived at the midpoint of Advent, when their preparation is now half over and they are close to Christmas.

The progressive lighting of the candles symbolizes the expectation and hope surrounding our Lord’s first coming into the world and the anticipation of his second coming to judge the living and the dead.

We thank you for taking part in our Adult and Family Faith Formation nights. We trust that you will spend time with family and friends this Advent to draw nearer to The Lord. A short slideshow of this month’s event is below… enjoy!