Q. What is the spiritual meaning of the Advent wreath?
A. The word “advent” means “coming.” In this season, our focus should be on the two comings of Christ to earth: as our Savior two thousand years ago, and as our Judge one day in the future.
The Advent wreath serves as a rich symbol of this season. The circle of the wreath, without beginning or end, reminds us of God’s eternity, the soul’s immortality, and everlasting life through Christ.
The evergreen branches also symbolize everlasting life. Some types used have additional, more specific meanings: Laurel represents the crown of victory that Christ will give to the faithful (Revelation 2:10). Cedar is a symbol of strength and healing. Pine, holly, and yew represent immortality.