Advent Wreath 4The symbolism of the Advent wreath is beautiful. The wreath is made of various evergreens, signifying continuous life. Even these evergreens have a traditional meaning which can be adapted to our faith: The laurel signifies victory over persecution and suffering; pine, holly, and yew, immortality; and cedar, strength and healing. Holly also has a special Christian symbolism: The prickly leaves remind us of the crown of thorns, and one English legend tells of how the cross was made of holly. The circle of the wreath, which has no beginning or end, symbolizes the eternity of God, the immortality of the soul, and the everlasting life found in Christ. Any pine cones, nuts, or seedpods used to decorate the wreath also symbolize life and resurrection. All together, the wreath of evergreens depicts the immortality of our soul and the new, everlasting life promised to us through Christ, the eternal Word of the Father, who entered our world becoming true man and who was victorious over sin and death through His own passion, death, and resurrection.

The four candles represent the four weeks of Advent. A tradition is that each week represents one thousand years, to symbolize the 4,000 years from Adam and Eve until the Birth of the Savior. Three candles are purple and one is rose. The purple candles in particular symbolize the prayer, penance, and preparatory sacrifices and goods works undertaken at this time. The rose candle is lit on the third Sunday, Gaudete Sunday, when the priest may wear rose vestments at Mass; Gaudete Sunday is the Sunday of rejoicing, because the faithful have arrived at the midpoint of Advent, when their preparation is now half over and they are close to Christmas. The progressive lighting of the candles symbolizes the expectation and hope surrounding our Lord’s first coming into the world and the anticipation of His second coming to judge the living and the dead. (Fr. William Saunders, "The History of the Advent Wreath", Catholic Education Resource Center.)


 Welcome Father SylvanusAto St. Cecilia Catholic Church in Claremore, Oklahoma. We are very pleased that you have come to our website to see more detailed information of who we are. St. Cecilia Church Is the only Roman Catholic Parish in Rogers County. We are part of the Diocese of Tulsa which comprises the eastern half of the State of Oklahoma. The Archdiocese of Oklahoma City, the Diocese of Tulsa, and the Diocese of Little Rock make up together what is referred to as the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City.

At present St. Cecilia Parish has almost 600 families who live in Rogers County. People come from Catoosa, Verdigris, Inola, Chelsea, Bushyhead, Sequoyah, Oologah, Foyil, Talala, and other communities around Claremore, which is the County Seat.

We hope that you will find helpful information on our Website and that you will always feel welcome to visit us for Mass, prayer, or any of our parish activities. May the Lord bless your day with His Love and Peace.

                                                                            Yours in Jesus and Mary,

                                                                            Fr. Sylvanus Amaobi

Are you new to  St. Cecilia Church?  We would love to have you join St. Cecilia's  wonderful faith community. Individuals and families who wish to become parishioners can do so  by filling out our Parish Registration Form which is located by the magazine rack in the entry of the church or by coming by or calling the Parish Office.  We look forward to meeting you!



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