Candles of the Advent

 

December has some of the most important weeks at our Church because we light up the Advent Candles. each Candle has a big meaning for each of our Congregation, but some of our visitor, friends, and even from our Congregation, do not have a clear the meaning of each candle, therefore we would like to give you all the details:

First Candle – The Candle of Hope

During the first Sunday of December, we light the Candle of Hope and which we recall the hope we have for redemption and change.  God told Abraham that through him all the nations of the world would be blessed because he trusted and put his hope in his Creator. The Old Testament spoke of the coming of a Messiah, of how a Saviour would be born. He would rule the world wisely and bless all the nations. We too believe in God’s promise to send the living Way to this world to establish a holy kingdom upon the earth.

Hope is like a light shining in a dark place. As we look at the light of this candle we celebrate the hope we have in Jesus Christ.

 

Second Candle – The Candle of Peace

During the Second Sunday of December, we light the Candle of Peace.  The First Candle reminded us of our hope in Christ. We light it again as we remember our Saviour, born a king in the line of King David. Jesus was born in Bethlehem, and we believe that he will come again to fulfill all of God’s promises to us, to rule the world wisely and bless all nations.

With the Candle of Peace, we remember the prophets who spoke of the coming of Christ, of how a Saviour would be born, a king in the line of King David. The prophet Isaiah called Christ “the Prince of Peace”. They told us how he would rule the world wisely and bless all the nations.

When Jesus came he taught people the importance of being peace-makers. He said that those who make peace shall be called the children of God. When Christ comes to us he brings us peace and he will bring everlasting peace when he comes again. We light the Candle of Peace to remind us that Jesus is the Prince of Peace and that through him peace is found.

Peace is like a light shining in a dark place. As we look at this candle we celebrate the peace we find in Jesus Christ.

 

Third Candle – The Candle of Love

During the third Sunday of Advent, we light the Third Candle of Advent, the Candle of Love. In their old age, God gave to Zechariah and Elizabeth a son called John. John spoke to the people bravely in the desert, denying his own comforts and prepared to die for what he believed. John taught that we should share what we have with others, treat each other kindly and show God’s love. He did this because he cared, he was called, and he wanted all to have an opportunity to repent and find God’s forgiveness.

Love is like a candle shining in a dark place. As we look at the light of this candle, we celebrate the love we have in Christ.

 

Fourth Candle – The Candle of Joy

During the fourth Sunday fo Advent, we light the Fourth Candle of Advent, the Candle of Joy. When the angel Gabriel told Mary that a special child would be born to her she was filled with joy. She sang a song that began with the words: “My soul magnifies the Lord, my spirit rejoices in God my Savior. Just as the birth of Jesus gave great joy to his mother, so his presence in the world gave joy to those who had none before. He healed them and gave them hope and peace when they believed in him.

From hope, peace, and love grows joy. We light the Candle of Joy to remind us that when Jesus is born in us we have joy and that through him there will be everlasting joy on earth.

Amen.