Posted 28 Nov 2014
Preview of the Advent wreath header for Bible Cartoons website
Just finished a new design for the Bible Cartoons header logo, which incorporates an Advent wreath of foliage, pine comes, holly, reed ribbon & 5 candles. As each advent Sunday come along I’ll change the header to include the lighting of the relevant candle – watch this space to see the changes!
Week 1 (Sun 30th November) shows the 1st purple candle on the left with a lit flame.
Week 2 (Sun 7th December) sees the two left hand purple candles with lit flames.
Week 3 (Sun 14th December) sees the two left hand purple candles & the pink candle with lit flames.
Week 4 (Sun 21th December) includes all but the white candle lit.
Week 5 (Wed 24th December, Christmas Eve) sees the central white candle & all the others lit.
You’ll have to come back to the BC website every Sunday in Dec & Christmas Eve to see the actually design in place at the top of this page!
Here is an article I found explaining the symbolism & meaning of the wreath & candles:
The Advent wreath is a circular garland of evergreen branches representing eternity. On that wreath, five candles are typically arranged. During the season of Advent one candle on the wreath is lit each Sunday as a part of the Advent services. Each candle represents an aspect of the spiritual preparation for the coming of the Lord, Jesus Christ.
Advent Wreath Candles
Set on the branches of the wreath are four candles: three purple candles and one pink candle. In the centre of the wreath sits a white candle. As a whole, these candles represent the coming of the light of Christ into the world.
On the first Sunday of Advent, the first purple candle is lit. This candle is typically called the “Prophecy Candle” in remembrance of the prophets, primarily Isaiah, who foretold the birth of Christ. This candle represents hope or expectation in anticipation of the coming Messiah.
Each week on Sunday, an additional candle is lit. On the second Sunday of Advent, the second purple candle is lit. This candle typically represents love. Some traditions call this the “Bethlehem Candle,” symbolizing Christ’s manger.
On the third Sunday of Advent the pink, or rose-colored candle is lit. This pink candle is customarily called the “Shepherds Candle” and it represents joy.
The fourth and last purple candle, oftentimes called the “Angels Candle,” represents peace and is lit on the fourth Sunday of Advent.
On Christmas Eve, the white centre candle is traditionally lit. This candle is called the “Christ Candle” and represents the life of Christ that has come into the world. The colour white represents purity. Christ is the sinless, spotless, pure Saviour. Also, those who receive Christ as Saviour are washed of their sins and made whiter than snow.
Celebrating with an Advent wreath during the weeks prior to Christmas is a great way for Christian families to keep Christ at the center of Christmas, and for parents to teach their children the true meaning of Christmas.
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