Lighting the second 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.
On the first Sunday of Advent, one of the purple candles was lit. The first candle represents the hope we have in Jesus Christ. It is re-lit on the second Sunday of Advent, and another candle lit for the first time.
The second candle is traditionally the candle of Peace.
Jesus tells us, in the Gospel according to John (Jn 15:11):
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you.
Lighting the second candle
Leader: Light and peace, in Jesus Christ our Lord All: Thanks be to God
Leader: The candle which we light on the Second Sunday of Advent symbolises Peace.
Light the second candle (purple)
Leader: Peace is like a light shining in a dark place. As we look at this candle we celebrate the peace we find in Jesus Christ.
The Second Candle We work for peace - because Jesus is the ‘Prince of Peace’ and he calls his children to work for peace in his name.
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.