One of the most famous symbols of Advent is the wreath of candles, which represents the coming of Christ’s light into our darkened world. A particular candle is lit each Sunday of Advent, each with its own special meaning and rooted in a Bible verse according to Catholic tradition. The four candles collectively stand for the four thousand years that passed between Adam and Eve’s time and the birth of our Savior. Independently, however, each take on their own meaning. The first, the prophecy candle named in remembrance of the prophets, has its roots in Isaiah 7:14, the prophet who first foretold of Christ’s coming. The second, the Bethlehem candle, represents Christ’s manger as mentioned in Luke 2:12. The third, the shepherds’ candle, is pink, symbolizing joy at His birth in Luke 2:8-11. The fourth, the angels’ candle, represents peace and can be found in Luke 2:13-14. On Christmas Eve, the fifth and white center candle is lit, the Christ candle, symbolizing the life of the pure and sinless Son who has come into the world. The Advent wreath is a beautiful and symbolic way to keep Christ in Christmas, and to teach younger ones the true meaning of the most important holiday in the Church year.