lighting-the-advent-candle-2Why do we light candles during Advent? 

Who gets to light the candles during worship?

Each Sunday of the Advent season allows us to focus on four aspects of the coming of Christ. The season of Advent, which comes from the Latin word adventus meaning “coming” or “visit,” begins four Sundays before Christmas, which is Sunday, Nov. 27 this year, and ends on Christmas Eve. Advent is the beginning of the liturgical year for Christians.

The Advent wreath consists of four candles for each week of Advent on a wreath of evergreen shaped in a perfect circle to symbolize the eternity of God. At Christ Church, three purple candles and one pink, tlighting-the-advent-candleo represent joy, are used along with one larger white candle in the middle as the Christ candle.

During Advent, we prepare for, and anticipate, the coming of Christ. We remember our need of forgiveness, salvation and a new beginning. Even as we look back and celebrate the birth of Jesus in a humble stable in Bethlehem, we also look forward, anticipating the second coming of Christ as the fulfillment of all that was promised by His first coming.

We are calling for volunteers to light the candle in each service and on Christmas Eve. All are welcome to volunteer whether you are married or single, have a young family or are empty nesters or simply want to join with friends to celebrate; please contact Alys Drake, 901-590-9010 or email alys@alysdrake.com to serve.

 

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