Lighting the first candle of the Advent Wreath
The Advent Wreath has five candles: three are purple and one is rose (pink): these are lit on the four Sundays in Advent. The centre candle is white and is lit at Christmas.
The light of the candles reminds us that Jesus is the light of the world that comes into the darkness of our lives to bring newness, life, and hope. The progression in the lighting of the candles symbolises the darkness of fear and hopelessness receding and the shadows of sin falling away as more and more light is shed into the world. The flame of each new candle reminds the worshippers that something is happening, and that more is yet to come.
The first candle is traditionally the candle of Expectation or Hope.
This draws attention to the anticipation of the coming of an Anointed One, a Messiah.
Lighting the first candle
Leader: Light and peace, in Jesus Christ our Lord All: Thanks be to God
Leader: On the first Sunday of Advent we light the first candle, we recall the hope we have in Christ.
Light the first candle (purple)
Leader: 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
The First Candle We speak of hope - because God keeps his promises to us.
Leader: Lord, you come as a tiny, fragile baby; yet we know that you are God and you are with us. May the flame of this candle remind us that you are the light of the world and that if we follow you, we will never walk in darkness, but will have the true light of life.