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I am the wreath and I am a symbol of advent. Advent is the time of preparation before Christmas day. I represent God himself, his eternity, love and endless mercy which have no beginning or end. I express the hope that people have in God; the hope of newness, renewal and eternal life. 


Cedar branches can be woven into me, they symbolise healing and strength. Holly berries are placed on me to represent sacrificial love and the blood of Christ which was shed on the cross. Holly leaves are also placed on me to signify the crown of thorns that was put on the head of Jesus at his crucifixion. Pinecones are put on me as well, to symbolise life and resurrection. Also laurel can be put on me and this represents victory over persecution, suffering and death.

Finally, I hold the four outer candles. They represent the period of waiting during the four Sundays of advent, which, in turn, symbolize the four centuries of waiting between the prophet Malachi and the birth of Christ. There are three purple candles and one pink. The three purple candles are used for the first, second and fourth weeks of advent, they symbolise: Hope, peace and love. The pink candle is used for the third week of advent and symbolises joy.

I also encircle the white candle, and that represents the light that our lord Jesus brought into the world on Christmas day.


First Candle:-

I am the first candle. I am hope. Do you want to know why I am the best candle? Just listen to my story.

Once, long ago in the vast stillness of a desert night three wise kings of the east noticed something shine like a diamond from the coal black sky.  It was a star; a star never charted nor gazed upon before. In that shimmering silence of the desert it shone, brighter than any star had ever done before or since.

They wondered as all men are bound to, whether they should leave their families, their work and their home to take this trip of a lifetime. Follow the call of the prophets who had spoken in ancient tongues about this sign

Without knowing where they would end up, they mounted their camels with the barest provisions and stepped out into the night. Yes, this star had kindled something within their hearts too. Hope. 

And although the journey was long, the star lit their path. When they found the child, these three wise and learned Kings took off their crowns and bowed. Then they laid down their gifts at his little feet.

It is hope that leads us through the night to the stable. Hope that finds the Christ child. I am hope. I am the most important.

Without me you can’t even begin your journey.


Saint for the Day November 28th

St. James of the Marche. (1394-1476)

Born in the Marche of Ancona in central Italy James earned doctorates in Canon law and civil law at the university of Perugia.  He joined the Friars Minor and began a very austere life.  He fasted for nine months of the year.  He slept three hours a night .  St. Bernadine of Siena told him to moderate his penances.  He was ordained in 1420 and began a preaching career that took him all over Italy and through Central and Eastern European countries.  He helped to spread the Holy Name of Jesus.  Many men joined the friars under his influence.  He is considered to be one of the ‘four pillars of the primitive rule of St. Francis.’ To combat extremely high interest rates James established an organisation with the name ‘mountains of charity’, non-profit credit that lent money at very low rates on pawned objects.  Not everyone was happy with the work James did - twice assassins lost their nerve when they came face to face with him.  He was Canonised in 1726.

Quote for Today.

‘From troubles of the world I turn to ducks, beautiful comical things.’


(F. W. Harvey)


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During Advent and Christmastide, we are asked to pray for these intentions:

Openness to the Word of God, Migrants and Refugees, Expectant Mothers.

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God our Father, Shepherd and Guide, look with love on Francis, your servant, the pastor of your church. May his word and example continue to inspire and guide the Church and may he and all those entrusted to his care come to the joy of everlasting life. Amen.




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