During the season of Advent,
|Three purple candles and one rose-colored candle. In the center of the wreath sits a white candle.|
On the first Sunday of Advent,
the first purple candle ("Prophecy Candle") is lit.
This candle represents hope in anticipation of the coming Messiah.
But thou, Beth-lehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.
On the second Sunday of Advent,
the second purple candle is lit. This candle ("Bethlehem Candle") points out the love.God has shown us.
On the third Sunday of Advent,
the rose-colored candle is lit. This candle ("Shepherds' Candle") represents joy.
On the fourth Sunday of Advent,
the last purple candle is lit. This candle ("Angels' Candle") represents peace.
On Christmas Eve,
Those who receive Him are made whiter than snow.
"Come now, let us reason together, says the LORD: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool." (ESV)