Beeswax Advent Candles are 9 inch candlesticks with a ¾ inch base. The base is actually tapered on the bottom to fit different candlestick holders. These candles are elegant and slender, with a pleasant touch of color. Long-lasting, with a warm and soft glow, along with a light, honey aroma, our beeswax Advent candles are sure to enhance your spiritual experience. It may be the perfect candle for a time of giving and goodwill.
The four candles (3 purple + 1 rose) represent the four weeks of Advent. A tradition is that each week represents one thousand years, to sum to the 4,000 years from Adam and Eve until the Birth of our Savior. An additional candle is lit on each subsequent Sunday until, by the last Sunday of Advent, all four candles are lit. Some Advent wreaths include a fifth, Christ candle which is lit at Christmas Eve or Christmas Day. 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.
- Purple Candle symbolizes penitence, or regret for sins, and penance. As the color of royalty, purple also speaks to the birth of the new King, Jesus and serves as a reminder of his suffering.
- Pink 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.
- White Candle: Many Christians also include a white candle placed in the middle of the wreath, which represents Christ and the peace he brings. Another tradition is to replace the three purple and one rose candles with four white candles, which will be lit throughout Christmas season. White beeswax candles are very unique as the shades range from off-white to ivory. Pearl is a warm white with a depth and purity true to nature. The light again signifies Christ, the Light of the world.
Beeswax Advent candles come with a convenient base to fit securely in each candle holder. Advent Wreath is not included.