I love Advent! It is a season of anticipation and waiting and taking the time to reflect during that season can be incredibly rich. Traditionally, during Advent I get the wreath out and, when time permits, meet with friends and family there for times of prayer and reflection…usually at the end of the day.
As one who lives in the northern hemisphere, my days grow darker and darker as we approach winter solstice, but then, BOOM. We celebrate the feast day commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ, the light of the world!
The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not overcome it. [John 1]
As you’re in SG, I’m assuming, being so close to the equator, your day and night do not vary as much? Then perhaps you can discover your own symbolism in your refections this year?
Here are some resources you may find interesting.
From the Church of England’s website under the ADVENT WREATH tab:
The Advent Wreath has four red or blue candles in a ring around a white or gold candle. Alternatively, there may be three purple candles, reflecting the liturgical colour for Advent, with a pink candle for the Third Sunday, when rose-pink vestments are traditionally worn. The first candle is lit on Advent Sunday; additional ones are lit, one on each Sunday, and the white or gold one on Christmas Day.
Highly liturgical (and Catholic) churches have traditionally reflected on the Latin ‘O Antiphons’ in the days leading up to Christmas. In this article, Malcolm Guite (a British poet) writes some reflective verses. His book Waiting on the Word is also a treasure trove of reflections.