Advent Reflections with Archbishop George Lucas
Prepare your heart with these short video reflections from Archbishop Lucas.
First Week of Advent
Second Week of Advent
Third Week of Advent
Fourth Week of Advent
2023 Daily Advent Calendar
What is an Advent Wreath?
Blessing for an Advent Wreath
Events Across the Archdiocese
“Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight his
paths.” Mark 1:10
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 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.
The use of the Advent Wreath is a traditional practice which has found its place in the Church as well as in the home. The blessing of an Advent Wreath takes place on the First Sunday of Advent or on the evening before the First Sunday of Advent.
When the blessing of the Advent Wreath is celebrated in the home, it is appropriate that it be blessed by a parent or another member of the family.
There are several Advent events taking place throughout the Archdiocese of Omaha in the coming weeks. Many of those events are listed on the Events Calendar. Check back often as the calendar is updated regularly.