Video: Huge advent wreath raised into place at York Minster

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A SPECTACULAR advent wreath was raised into place at York Minster yesterday.

The wreath is assembled each year by York Minster’s team of volunteer flower arrangers, 
using foliage taken from Dean’s Park. The evergreen ring 
wreath took a full morning to assemble.

The advent wreath at York Minster

The advent wreath at York Minster

It was then hoisted into position under the central tower and will remain in place until twelve days after Christmas, kept 
fresh and green by liberal amounts of watering over the six week period.

Yesterday, the Very Rev Vivienne Faull, who officially takes up the position of Dean of York today, joined children from the Minster School’s pre-prep department to oversee the raising of the three-metre wide advent wreath – thought to be the largest suspended advent wreath in the country.

The acting Dean, Canon Glyn Webster, said: “Given the size of the Minster, it is appropriate that our advent wreath should be large and visible to all.

“The wreath has for a number of years become of feature of our observance of advent, and I am delighted that the new Dean has arrived just in time to observe its creation and fixing in place.”

The four candles represent the fore-runners of Jesus: the Patriarchs, the Prophets, John the Baptist and the Virgin Mary. In the centre of the wreath is a fifth candle, lit at Christmas to represent the light of Christ coming into the world.

The candles are one metre in height and the first of them will be lit tomorrow at the 10am service. Each candle will burn continuously for about twenty eight days, after which it is replaced.

Yesterday, The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, announced he will offer an online advent calendar on his website –

Every day in the run up to Christmas, he will write a daily reflection on his website – and this year he will also record four YouTube videos, one for each of the Sundays in advent.