Advent, the start of a new year for the church, begins four Sundays before Christmas. During this season, we wait, prepare, reflect, and watch hopefully for the coming of God through Jesus in the real world- a world filled with good and bad, happiness and sorrow. Advent is the time for us to celebrate “God with us,” which is the literal translation of “Emmanuel.” The colors of Advent are either purple (symbolizing suffering/repentance/Christ’s royalty/the connection between the birth and death of Jesus) or dark blue, like a predawn winter sky before the sun rises/the light of Christ comes (symbolizing expectation/hope of faith/heaven/the Virgin Mary).
The altar flowers for Advent reflect the darkness before Christ and get lighter each Sunday. Below is a guide for the Advent altar flowers.
First Sunday of Advent/Hope: Dark blue, dark purple, dark green.
Second Sunday of Advent/Preparation: Lighter blue, lighter purple, lighter green.
Third Sunday of Advent/Gaudete or Rejoice/Joy: Lighter green, pink/rose and even a little white for the Virgin Mary.
Fourth Sunday of Advent/Love: Light blue light purple, light green.
Fairchild, Mary (Dec. 12, 2017) ThoughtCo., “Three Main Advent Colors Packed With Meaning.”
Stpaulsivy.org, “Did You Know Series: Advent/ Why Blue for Advent?”