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Advent Wreath in the Christmas Season?

Advent wreathRecently I was asked on twitter what to do with the Advent Wreath during the Christmas Season. I asked the community on facebook and twitter and was so interested in the variety of good ideas that I am making this into a blog post. You can add other ideas into the comments below.

The origin of the Advent Wreath is uncertain. It may be as recent as the nineteenth century.

How are you using the Advent wreath in the Christmas Season? Are you still using it? Are you still lighting all the candles? Have you replaced the purple (and rose) candles for white ones? When do you stop using it?

Here are a few of the responses:

  • We replace our Advent candles for maroon colored candles (I know, not liturgical white) and we keep the “bowl of prayers” in the center (that we started filling with prayers during Advent) to remember through the Christmas Season.
  • Advent Candles lit until Candlemass.
  • The purple and rose candles (and ribbon) are replaced by white candles, but we never used the Advent wreath devotionally after Christmas Eve.
  • The wreath is gone by the end of 12th night, along with almost every other remnant of Christmas decor. Until then all candles have been lit at services.
  • White candles on Christmas then it goes back into storage until next advent. But I don’t take any items down till the Baptism- and I keep one small item up until Feb 2nd the true end of the season.
  • The Advent wreath until Vespers on December 24th.
  • purple and rose for Advent and then switch to all white candles until epiphany.
  • The Advent Wreath is replaced by the crib.
  • After Christmas Vigil, I left my candles–all four plus the Christ candle in the centre–burn out entirely on their own (similar, I suppose, to the Jewish practice of letting the menorah candles burn out naturally.)
  • On Christmas Eve, the 4 Advent candles were replaced with 4 white candles.
  • …the star will stay until Candlemas
  • We’re ‘taking each light into the world’… in a brief litany, we’re carrying out one candle ‘into the world’ each week of Epiphany.

Any more ideas. And the above are just some of the responses received.

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Week starting January 30

Scripture texts Textweek resources • collect/opening prayer reflection for January 30 and week following (NZPB) BCP (TEC): Almighty and everlasting God, you govern all things both in heaven and on earth: Mercifully hear the supplications of your people, and in our time grant us your peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reignsContinue Reading

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Christmas 2010

Christmas 2010

Christmas 2010

This is a short video clip from A Charlie Brown Christmas! NB: at 0:35 seconds, Linus says: “Fear not!” At that moment, Linus drops his blanket. May this story, often repeated, and those words in particular, repeated beyond this story, be comfort enough for each of us… Blessings to you and yours for the ChristmasContinue Reading

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Valentine’s Day

This is a repost of earlier material found on this site. In 1752 England and the British colonies in America upgraded from the Julian to the Gregorian Calendar by removing 12 days from the year to bring it back to the way the seasons were in 325AD when Christians first agreed how to date Easter.Continue Reading

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Week starting January 31

Candlemas (Russian icon)

Most on Sunday will be celebrating the 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time January 31 (click that link for a reflection from the collect/opening prayer). Some will be anticipating Candlemas, the feast of the Presentation of Jesus in the Temple. You can add your resources and reflections on the readings, feasts, hymns, etc. in with theContinue Reading

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Valentine’s Day

I have written about this previously, but for people newer to this site – some of this is worth repeating! In 1752 England and the British colonies in America upgraded from the Julian to the Gregorian Calendar by removing 12 days from the year to bring it back to the way the seasons were inContinue Reading

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Candlemas

Candlemas (Russian icon)

Almighty and ever-living God, clothed in majesty, whose beloved Son was this day presented in the Temple, in substance of our flesh: grant that we may be presented to you with pure and clean hearts, by your Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the HolyContinue Reading

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