Church Office Hours:
Monday - Thursday, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm;
Friday: OFFICE CLOSED
Office Closed: November 26th-29th
Office Closed: December 23rd-27th, 31st
The Meaning of the Advent Candle Wreath
The Advent wreath is a circular garland of evergreen branches representing eternity. On that wreath, five candles are typically arranged. During the season of Advent one candle on the wreath is lit each Sunday as a part of the Advent services. Each candle represents an aspect of the spiritual preparation for the coming of the Lord, Jesus Christ.
Advent Wreath Candles
Set on the branches of the wreath are four candles: three purple candles and one pink candle. In the center of the wreath sits a white candle. As a whole, these candles represent the coming of the light of Christ into the world.
On the first Sunday of Advent, the first purple candle is lit. This candle is typically called the "Prophecy Candle" in remembrance of the prophets, primarily Isaiah, who foretold the birth of Christ. This candle represents hope or expectation in anticipation of the coming Messiah.
Each week on Sunday, an additional candle is lit. On the second Sunday of Advent, the second purple candle is lit. This candle typically represents love. Some traditions call this the "Bethlehem Candle," symbolizing Christ's manger.
On the third Sunday of Advent the pink, or rose-colored candle is lit. This pink candle is customarily called the "Shepherds Candle" and it represents joy.
The fourth and last purple candle, oftentimes called the "Angels Candle," represents peace and is lit on the fourth Sunday of Advent.
On Christmas Eve, the white center candle is traditionally lit. This candle is called the "Christ Candle" and represents the life of Christ that has come into the world. The color white represents purity. Christ is the sinless, spotless, pure Savior. Also, those who receive Christ as Savior are washed of their sins and made whiter than snow.
Celebrating with an Advent wreath during the weeks prior to Christmas is a great way for Christian families to keep Christ at the center of Christmas, and for parents to teach their children the true meaning of Christmas. Another Advent tradition that can be very meaningful and fun for children is to celebrate with the Jesse Tree.
Kiwanis Club of Algiers
24th Annual Pancake Breakfast with Santa
Date: Saturday, December 14, 2013
Time: 7:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
Place: Aurora United Methodist Church Gym
Pictures with Santa available for $5.00
Also a Bake Sale, all sorts of goodies
Admission - Donation
At the Door…………..……$6.00
(Children 2 yrs old and under free)
Christmas Service of Las Posadas
Please Join Us for our Special Advent Service
December 22nd at 10:00 p.m.
Following the service we will have a piñata for the children & youth.
Service will be led by the Aurora Youth Group
Aurora United Methodist Church
Christmas Eve Service
Candle Light Service
Come and Join Us
to Celebrate the Joyful Birth
of Jesus Christ!
TIME: 6:30 p.m.
December 24, 2013
Aurora United Methodist Church
3300 Eton St, New Orleans, LA 70131 (504) 394-5483
Rev. James W. Barrett, Pastor