The word ‘advent’ is Latin for ‘a coming or arrival’.
There are four candles, one for each Sunday leading to Christmas and a fifth candle
for Christmas day.
The purple represents repentance. The pink symbolizes joy. The central candle is
called the Christ candle and is not lit until Christmas day.
When you light the candle it is customary to read a few verses of scripture that
relate to meaning of the candle. Often the person who lights the candle recites a
short statement of belief and faith as the candle is lit and then everyone unites
This Sunday we light the Second Candle (The Candle of the Way)
The second candle shows that Christ is the Way. Christians are lost in sin and Christ
is the Light sent into the world to show them the way out of darkness.
BLESSED Lord, who hast caused all holy Scriptures to be written for our learning:
Grant that we may in such wise hear them, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest
them, that by patience and comfort of thy holy Word, we may embrace and ever hold
fast the blessed hope of everlasting life, which thou hast given us in our Saviour
Jesus Christ. Amen.
O come, Thou Rod of Jesse, free Thine own from Satan's tyranny From depths of Hell
Thy people save And give them victory o'er the grave Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel Shall
come to thee, O Israel.
From the St. Aiden’s Monastery blog, http://staidensmonastery.wordpress. com/2008/11/17/advent-is-coming/
Here’s a nice summary of what each week’s Advent candle symbolizes: