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« on: October 29, 2009, 04:36:37 PM »

I know it's only October 29th but the Nativity Fast is just around the corner.  I am writing a blog post on Orthodox Advent Wreaths and wonder if anyone has any pictures of their Orthodox style wreath or any special instructions or tips they could share.  I have made one for my own family in the past but never thought to take a picture, and honestly, I've not had too much luck finding a way to arrange candles in a wreath frame without making a big mess or worrying about burning the house down.  Western Christians have a gazillion choices for pre-made advent wreaths on stable, well-designed frames.  Since this is such a new little "t" tradition among Orthodox, we haven't come up with our own products yet.  Thanks!
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« Reply #1 on: October 29, 2009, 04:39:29 PM »

Out of curiosity, what distinguishes an "Orthodox" Advent wreath from a Western-style traditional wreath?
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« Reply #2 on: October 29, 2009, 04:44:15 PM »

Never heard of an "Orthodox" advent wreath.

I would assume that they would need more candles than the typical advent wreath.
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« Reply #3 on: October 29, 2009, 04:58:21 PM »

Never heard of an "Orthodox" advent wreath.

I would assume that they would need more candles than the typical advent wreath.

That's the way I've been informed by other Orthodox parishioners who've made them.  Add an extra candle for the 5 Sundays in the Fast.  Interestingly, the color of the candles doesn't seem to be as big a deal.  There isn't the same association with pink or purple - I've just usually gotten them all one color, purple, and a white candle for the day of the Nativity itself in the middle.   Growing up Lutheran we always had an Advent wreath and of course, the Orthodox friends I've heard about that still observe the custom, are all Protestant/Lutheran/German Catholic converts. 

A little off the subject but there is also a German tradition of Advent calendars (basically a Christmas countdown calendar that I associate with chocolate treats behind the paper doors.)  Dr. Phyllis Onest (who is a superstar of Orthodox Christian children's education programs) came up with an Orthodox version of an Advent calendar for children that has very involved instructions for doing Advent readings and observances for each day on the calendar.   I'm not very crafty so I've never made this but it's perfect for young children.   http://www.theologic.com/oflweb/xmas/advcal.htm
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« Reply #4 on: October 29, 2009, 05:03:53 PM »

I've seen them.  they have six candles instead of four.

They are not part of the eastern tradition and for some people, mainly coming from a German liturgical background, the wreaths are important.  I don't think they're harmful but I don't think they have a place in Orthodox churches just like christmas trees have no place either.  BUt, apparently, I'm in the minority.
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« Reply #5 on: November 20, 2012, 06:38:34 PM »

EVENIN ALL-
I have beem praying for 5 days now before the Advent wreath
i have had for sometime only to find out it is wrong or incorrect.
Now i am trying to find candles of blue?
I read where one can tie ribbons of different colors to signify
the different colors while just receiving 2 boxes via internet
only to be wrong @ catholic... any way there is always next year..
I am subborn and will not pray with the 3 purple and 1 pink.
I only wonder why no wreaths are orthodox..taht amazes me.
I amonly BLESSED TO FIND THRU this sitethe correctcolors and scripture
and symbols thryout the 7colors. Thanks again for thepost i found this am and the grace of God to find it!
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« Reply #6 on: November 20, 2012, 07:21:35 PM »

Instructions for an Orthodox wreath:
http://www.orthocuban.com/2010/11/on-building-an-orthodox-advent-wreath/
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« Reply #7 on: November 20, 2012, 11:44:28 PM »

I don't think there is really such a thing as an Orthodox advent wreath. It's just a very modern/recent idea even with German folks.

There can be advent wreaths used by Orthodox, just as there can be Bach chorales sung by Orthodox, but I don't think we would call those "Orthodox Bach Chorales."

I was Western Rite for over 21 years, but there was never any advent wreath, because it just wasn't in the Western tradition to speak of.
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« Reply #8 on: November 21, 2012, 04:51:09 AM »

We make one evey year  Smiley

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« Reply #9 on: November 21, 2012, 05:26:37 AM »

This is news to me.  First time I have heard about it.
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« Reply #10 on: November 21, 2012, 10:35:03 AM »

The Orthodox Advent Wreath needs to have a beard just as long as the wreath, else it is a western innovation!

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« Reply #11 on: November 21, 2012, 11:37:45 AM »


Ha ha....that's funny.

....and scary.
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