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Advent is a time of preparation for the birth of Jesus.


During the first two weeks of Advent we light the first two purple candles. The Third Sunday of Advent is called Gaudete (Rejoice) Sunday. On this day we celebrate that our waiting for the birth of Jesus on Christmas day is almost over. Rose (pink) is a liturgical colour that is used to signify joy, so we light the single pink candle on the third Sunday of Advent. Then on the fourth Sunday of Advent, the final purple candle is lit to mark the final week of prayer and penance as we wait expectantly for the soon-coming birth of the King of Kings.

  • The 1st Sunday of Advent symbolises Hope with the “Prophet’s Candle” reminding us that Jesus is coming.

  • The 2nd Sunday of Advent symbolises Faith with the “Bethlehem Candle” reminding us of Mary and Joseph’s journey to Bethlehem.

  • The 3rd Sunday of Advent symbolises Joy with the “Shepherd’s Candle” reminding us of the Joy the world experienced at the coming birth of Jesus.

  • The 4th Sunday of Advent symbolises Peace with the “Angel’s Candle” reminding us of the message of the angels: “Peace on Earth, Good Will Toward Men.”

  • On Christmas Day, the white candle, known as the "Christ Candle" is lit. This is a reminder that Jesus is the light of the world. He is our King and our Saviour.



Follow the instructions in the two files here and enjoy making your own Advent wreath.





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Now enjoy doing the crossword below. Follow the instructions. (Please note that the crossword will not work on a mobile phone.)

  • After you type in a word for your answer, click on the 'OK' button.

  • Only click on the 'Solve' button if you really do not know the answer!

  • If you click on the 'Check puzzle' button you will see how many answers you have got right.

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