Thursday, December 8, 2016

Advent Season

The Advent wreath represents eternity upon which five candles are arranged to depict the Light of Christ.  Light Candle

During the season of Advent, 
one candle each Sunday is lit to show a gift of spiritual preparation
for the coming of our Lord.
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.

Isaiah 9:6 
For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.

 Micah 5:2 
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,
the white center candle ("Christ Candle") is lit. It represents purity in the life of Christ the Savior who has come into the world.
Those who receive Him are made whiter than snow.

Isaiah 1:18
"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)


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