O God, by whose word all things are sanctified, pour forth thy blessing upon this wreath , and grant that we who use it may prepare our hearts for the coming of Christ and may receive from Thee abundant graces. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
The candles on the Advent wreath symbolize hope, love, joy and peace. Some denominations consider the fourth candle to mean purity, and most use a fifth candle , called the Christ candle , that is lit on Christmas to remind Christians of the light Jesus brings to the world.
Pink or rose represents joy or rejoicing and reveals a shift in the season of Advent away from repentance and toward celebration. The third Advent candle color on the wreath is pink . It is named the shepherd candle or candle of joy.
A green candle , symbolizing faith, is lit on the first Sunday that begins on November 15; on the second Sunday, a blue candle , symbolizing hope, is lit; on the third Sunday, a gold candle , symbolizing love; on the fourth Sunday, a white candle , symbolizing peace; on the fifth Sunday, a purple candle , symbolizing
The four traditional advent themes for the four advent Sundays are: God’s people -The Candle of Hope. Hope is like a light shining in a dark place. The old testament prophets – The Candle of Peace. John the Baptist – The Candle of Love. Mary the mother of Jesus – The Candle of Joy .
After sharing, the first purple or a blue candle is lit and all say , All: One candle , burning bright, Chasing away the darkness from light .
A candle is lit on each of the four Sundays preceding Christmas. Three candles are purple and one is rose or pink . The first candle represents hope. The second candle peace.
Light the first candle on the first Sunday of Advent . On the fourth Sunday before Christmas Day, light one of the purple candles.
The first candle is lit each night along with a short prayer. On the second Sunday of Advent, a second purple candle is lit. On the third Sunday the pink candle is lit. Finally on the fourth Sunday of Advent, just a few days before the birth of Christ, the final purple candle is lit.
The Third Sunday has traditionally been a respite from the penitential themes of Advent emphasizing instead the joy of the coming of the Lord. Thus many view the pink candle as emphasizing joy.
The Shepherd’s Candle The third candle which is pink or rose, represents Gaudette Sunday and the joy that the birth of Christ brought to the world. Traditionally, on Gaudette Sunday one takes a break from Advent fasting to experience the joy of the day.
Advent and Lent are periods of preparation and repentance and are represented by the colour purple . The feasts of Christmas Day and Christmastide, Epiphany Sunday , Baptism of the Lord Sunday , Transfiguration Sunday , Easter Season, Trinity Sunday , and Christ the King Sunday are represented by white .
Gaudete Sunday (/ɡaʊˈdɛtɛ/ gow-DET-eh) is the third Sunday of Advent in the liturgical calendar of the Western Church, including the Roman Catholic Church, the Anglican Communion, Lutheran Churches, and other mainline Protestant churches.
The Advent wreath , a circular wreath with four candles , ispresent in many churches and homes during Advent and is symbolic ofseveral aspects of the Christmas season and Advent. Three purple or bluecandles (representing penitence) and one pink candle (representing joy) areused, one lit for each Sunday of Advent.
Advent is marked by the 25 days, or four Sundays, before Christmas. It is defined as a time of “coming into place, view, or being; arrival”. Advent is simply taking time each day, starting December 1, to prepare for Christmas.