Lighting the Christmas Candle
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 four coloured candles, purple and rose, have been lit during Advent. These have represented Hope, Peace, Joy and Love. On Christmas Day, the central white candle is lit to represent the birth of Jesus.
In the Gospel according to Luke, we read (Lk 2:13-14):
Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel,
praising God and saying,
‘Glory to God in the highest heaven,
and on earth peace to those on whom his favour rests.’
Lighting the last candle
Leader: Light and peace, in Jesus Christ our Lord All: Thanks be to God
Leader: Now we light our last candle to remember the birth of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
Light the last candle (white)
The Last Candle As the prophets promised so long ago, you have come to us once again; and with the shepherds, we are filled with wonder and amazement.
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.