Lighting the fourth 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.
Three candles have already been lit, two purple and one rose. These represent hope, peace and joy.
These candles are re-lit this week, and the last purple candle is lit for the first time.
The fourth candle is traditionally the candle of Love.
In the first letter of St John, the writer tell us (1 Jn 4:9):
This is how God showed his love among us:
he sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him.
Lighting the fourth candle
Leader: Light and peace, in Jesus Christ our Lord All: Thanks be to God
Leader: On the fourth Sunday of Advent we will light the Candle of Love.
Light the fourth candle (purple)
Leader: 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.
The Fourth Candle We show love - because Jesus gave everything for us and led us to know the forgiveness of God.
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.