Advent is also a spiritual journey that Christians take,
through the truths of Scripture that point to the birth of Messiah,
to a reaffirmation that he has come,
is present in the world today and will come again in glory.
Advent starts on the fourth Sunday before December 25.
The Advent wreath is a Christian tradition that symbolizes
the passage of the four weeks of Advent.
It is usually a horizontal evergreen wreath with four candles and often,
a fifth, white candle in the center.
Beginning with the First Sunday of Advent,
the lighting of a candle can be accompanied by a Bible reading and prayers.
An additional candle is lit during each subsequent week until,
by the last Sunday before Christmas,
all four candles are lit.