“Traditionally, Advent wreaths are 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, 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.” – United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
Twenty-five families gathered together on Wednesday, November 28 for a Family Advent Wreath Potluck, sponsored by the Everest Parent Program. Families enjoyed a potluck meal, followed by a brief explanation of the tradition and meaning behind the Advent wreath before families had time to make their wreaths. Before leaving, families had their wreath blessed by chaplain Fr. Thomas Salazar, LC.
“It was a joy to see families working together to create their own wreath – each one a little different from others – and making plans to light it with a special prayer at family meals during the season of Advent. I love Advent and how this event brought the whole family together!” -Jill Swallow
Special thanks to all those Everest parents who volunteered their time to organize this event and to Rattalee Lake Tree Farm who donated the fresh cut greens for the wreaths.