Advent Candles: A Colour Guide

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This year, Advent Sunday is on Sunday 3rd December, a date which is rapidly approaching! For many churches, this is an opportunity to pause and reflect as the first of the advent candles are lit.

 

The lighting of candles on an Advent wreath was imported into Britain from northern Europe in the nineteenth century, and is now a common practice.

As with many Church celebrations, variations of this  celebration are dependant on tradition.

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.

Traditionally purple is used as the main colour of Advent, which is used for the first, second and fourth Sundays. The first candle represents expectation, the second love. On the third Sunday of Advent (Gaudate Sunday), rose pink represents the joy of the shepherds on receiving the Good News. The fourth purple candle symbolises peace. The final candle is white, representing the birth of Christ.

Red and White

Alternatively, the scheme that accords best with the Common Worship Principle Service Lectionary is:

Advent 1 -  The Patriarchs
Advent 2 -  The Prophets
Advent 3  - John the Baptist
Advent 4  - The Virgin Mary
Christmas Day - The Christ

The white candle always represents Jesus and is lit on Christmas day. The Fourth Sunday, where the Virgin Mary is remembered either has a red candle or a pink candle. The pink candle is more commonly used within Catholic Churches and some Anglican traditions.

Finally, in other traditions, the candles have different meanings:

Pink and Purple

Week 1: Purple –The Candle of Hope – This candle reminds us that God keeps His promises. He promised a Savior, and He sent one.

Week 2: Purple – The Candle of Preparation – This candle reminds us to be prepared to receive the Lord.

Week 3: The Candle of Joy – This candle remembers the multitudes of angels that joyfully announced the birth of Christ.

Week 4: The Candle of Love – This candle represents the love of God. It was out of His incredible love that God sent His only Son Jesus.

Week 5:  The Christ Candle – When this candle is lit on Christmas Eve, it symbolises Jesus Christ, the Light of the World.

There is still time to buy your Advent Candles from our Advent Shop today!

10th November

November 10th, 2017 - Posted & Written by Laura White

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