Update: 04.12.2022 00:25
Prague – The second candle will be lit on the Advent wreath today. It is the second Sunday of Advent, called the bronze Sunday. Advent is the time of preparation for Christmas. In the past, it represented mainly spiritual preparation, contemplation and charity. Currently, for households, it often mainly means buying gifts or baking cookies.
Advent is the period of four Sundays before December 25th. This year, the first Sunday of Advent fell on November 27. The Advent season then ends with sunset on Christmas Eve. The four Sundays before Christmas are marked as iron, bronze, silver and gold, which mainly refers to the business activity before the holidays, i.e. the secular part of Advent rather than the spiritual.
In the 19th century, the tradition of Advent wreaths began when the Protestant theologian Johannes Wichern created the first one in Hamburg. The circular shape of the wreath is meant to represent God’s eternity, unity, resurrection and eternal life and fellowship. Green plants are a symbol of life, indestructibility, constancy in faith and also eternity. It is a tradition to light one candle on the wreath every Advent Sunday. Today, people will light the second of the four candles, called the Bethlehem candle. Traditionally, the second candle was purple in color and is supposed to represent love.
The word advent comes from the Latin adventus, meaning arrival. Christians see Advent as a time of waiting for the coming of the savior. The first Sunday of Advent was focused on Christ’s second coming at the end of the world with a call for people to be ready for it. The second and third Sundays are associated with the figure of John the Baptist, who calls for a conversion of heart and announces the coming of Christ. During Advent, people can come to meditate at rorats, which are morning masses in honor of the Virgin Mary. They start early in the morning when it is still dark and in some churches they are celebrated only by candlelight.
Source: České noviny – hlavní události by www.ceskenoviny.cz.
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