There’s been some online chatter in recent days on the colors of the candles in Advent wreaths. (We also saw one semi-sarcastic comment to an earlier post in this blog dismissing home wreaths as a “Lutheran wreath and candles adornment” that ought to be replaced by a trip to church for vespers.)
The chatter reminded us of an item we posted on this blog last year revealing that Pope Benedict’s Advent wreath candles were not purple and pink — or even white with purple and pink adornments — but all red. And our intrepid Rome bureau informs us this morning that this year’s wreath is the same.
Why all red? As our Cindy Wooden explained last year, Germans gave us Advent wreaths in the first place and generally used just red candles. “The practice of using three purple and one pink candle was an adaptation made to reflect the colors of the liturgical vestments used on the four Sundays preceding Christmas,” she wrote.
Here’s another view (right) of last year’s wreath, taken during the pope’s meeting with Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk at the Vatican Dec. 7, 2007.