Fourth Week of Advent
Fourth Candle - purple
The fourth candle is traditionally called the “Angel’s Candle” which represents peace and love.
It reminds us of the love that brought Christ to earth. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.” John 3:16-17
And it reminds us of the peace that comes through Christ. “Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God.” Romans 5:1-2
Center Candle - white
The final white candle in the center of the Advent wreath represent Christ. It is traditionally called the “Christ candle.” As a white candle it highlights the purity of Christ - the spotless lamb of God that takes away the sins of the world.
Normally this candle would be lit on Christmas Eve. Since we won’t be together then we will light it now. It’s significance remains. It symbolizes the perfect King of kings and Lord of lords coming to redeem his people. It signifies the spotless lamb of God that takes away the sins of the world.
“But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God. For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life.” Romans 5:8-10
“When we were children, were enslaved to the elementary principles of the world. But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts crying, ‘Abba! Father!’ So you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God.” Galatians 4:3-7
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