Advent - Hope
Christmas lights and candles offer a reminder that Jesus is the light of the world, and he came to bring light into the darkness.
This theme of light is what originally gave birth to the Advent Wreath in Lutheran Germany. The Advent Wreath is typically evergreen and contains five candles, each lit on successive Sundays during the Advent readings.
Advent readings can vary within churches and denominations. Our verse for the First Advent Sunday, which in 2023 falls on 3 December, relates to Hope and is taken from Isaiah 9:2.