Advent Candle Lighting
Advent 1: December 3, 2023 – “Hope”
Liturgist: Today, we light the first candle of Advent, the candle of hope. This candle symbolizes the hope we have in Christ’s coming, the hope that dawned with His birth in a humble manger.
Reader: Isaiah 64:1-9
Liturgist: In this season of Advent, we eagerly await the fulfillment of God’s promises and the dawn of a new era.
Reader: Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19
Liturgist: We look to God to restore us, to bring hope to our weary hearts.
Light the first candle.
Together: May the light of this candle remind us that in Christ, our hope is secure. Through Him, we find hope for the future and the strength to endure.
Advent 2: December 10, 2023 – “Peace”
Liturgist: Today, we light the second candle of Advent, the candle of peace. This candle represents the peace that Christ brings into our world and into our lives.
Reader: Isaiah 40:1-11
Liturgist: As we journey through Advent, we find comfort in the promise of Christ’s peace.
Reader: Psalm 85:1-2, 8-13
Liturgist: God’s love and faithfulness bring about a peace that transcends understanding.
Light the first and second candles.
Together: As we light these candles, may we experience the peace of Christ in our hearts and share it with a world in need.
Advent 3: December 17, 2023 – “Joy”
Liturgist: Today, we light the third candle of Advent, the candle of joy. This candle symbolizes the joy that fills our hearts as we celebrate the arrival of our Savior.
Reader: Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11
Liturgist: In this season, we rejoice in the transformative power of Christ’s presence.
Reader: Psalm 126
Liturgist: Even in times of sorrow, we hold onto the promise of joy in Christ.
Light the first, second, and third candles.
Together: May the light of these candles ignite the joy in our hearts as we celebrate the birth of our Redeemer, Jesus Christ.
Advent 4: December 24, 2023 – “Love”
Liturgist: Today, we light the fourth candle of Advent, the candle of love. This candle represents the love that shines forth from the Christ child born in Bethlehem.
Reader: Isaiah 7:10-16
Liturgist: God’s love is made manifest in the birth of Jesus, offering us profound love and renewal.
Reader: Psalm 89:1-4, 19-26
Liturgist: God’s faithful love ensures an everlasting renewal of our spirits.
Light the first, second, third, and fourth candles.
Together: As we gather by the warm glow of these candles, may we embrace the love and renewal found in the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ.