Light the Advent Candle



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How to Light the Advent Candles

Well, it is that time of year again. The time when we prepare all ourselves for Christmas that is. We make preparations for that Holy Day for approximately 30 days in advance, and we mark each week with an Advent wreath.

Steps

  1. Get yourself a regular Christmas wreath.
  2. Place the wreath upon your dinner table or the place of your choice.
  3. Place four candles within the four corners of the wreath.Three of the candles should be purple, blue, or red. The fourth one must be pink.
  4. On the first Sunday of Advent, light the first candle.Sing either 'O Come Divine Messiah,' 'O Come, O Come, Emmanuel,' or another Advent hymn or read out loud from your Bible.
  5. On the second Sunday of Advent, light the second candle, as well as the first one.Again, sing an Advent hymn or read from your Bible.
  6. On the third Sunday of Advent, light the pink candle, as well as the first two candles.Sing an Advent hymn or read from your Bible.
  7. On the fourth Sunday of Advent, light all four Advent candles, and sing an Advent hymn or read from your Bible.
  8. Finished.

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  • Question
    How long do I leave the advent candle lit?
    Mary Wolfe
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    Just consider what is safe as to not have a fire hazard. Let the candles burn for as long as you are right there in front of the advent wreath. Never leave the candles burning while out of sight. The time you spend while singing, praying or meditating on the coming of the birth of Christ will be enough.
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  • Question
    Do the candles need to be new at each lighting, or can they be used more than once?
    wikiHow Contributor
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    The candles may be used more than once; just make sure they don't get too low or the whole thing could catch fire.
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  • Question
    Can the third candle be pink instead of white?
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    The third candle should be pink. Pink symbolizes joy. he fifth candle, symbolizing Christ, is lit on Christmas Eve.
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    Should you light them in this order: purple, purple, pink, purple?
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    Yes. The four candles represent the four weeks of Advent. The purple candles represents/symbolizes prayer and preparing. The fourth candle is lit on the third Sunday, representing Gaudete Sunday, and priests will wear a pink/rose-colored robe; this candle symbolizes joy. The order at which the candles are lit represents the hope of the first coming of the Lord, and the expectation of His second coming. The three purples represent hope, peace and love.
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  • Question
    If the second candle represents Peace and the third candle represents Joy, which of the remaining candles represent Hope and Love?
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    Hope is the first candle and Love is the fourth candle.
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  • Question
    Does there have to be a white candle in the middle?
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    Having a white candle in the center is optional.
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  • Question
    On the second Sunday, do I light the first candle along with the second candle?
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    Yes. Each week, you light another candle. By the end, all candles are lit.
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  • Question
    Should I leave candles lit 24/7?
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    No. If you're using LED candles, you can keep them lit as long as you like.
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  • Question
    When do I light the first candle for advent?
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    The first advent candle is lit on the first day of Advent which is 4 weeks before Christmas, or 5 if Christmas is on a Sunday.
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  • Question
    What is the order of lighting candles?
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    On the first week, light one purple one. On the second week, light both the first purple one and the second purple one. On the third week, light the first purple one, the second purple one, and the pink one. On the fourth week, light all of them.
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Unanswered Questions
  • Shouldn't the advent candles be lit counter-clockwise?
  • Does it matter if you light the 2nd candle clockwise or counterclockwise from the first?
  • Are Advent Candles still used for the New Years Eve Services?
  • Do we continue to light candles during the Christmas season?
  • What does Gaudete mean?
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  • Try having a white candle in the middle to light on Christmas eve or day to represent the "Christ candle".
  • Many Protestant churches use four red candles instead of three red and one pink to keep with the theme of Christmas.
  • The pink candle symbolizes joyful anticipation of the Coming of the Messiah.
  • Light the pink candle on the Third Sunday of Advent.
  • 3 of the candles should be purple, blue, or red. The fourth one must be pink.
  • Purple candles are traditional of Catholic churches. A lot of Protestant churches have begun to use red or blue candles to separate Advent from other holidays.
  • A wreath is not required! The candles can be in a straight line.





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