Families light one purple candle the first Sunday of Advent after devotions. The second Sunday of Advent, they light two candles, the third three, and the fourth all four purple candles. Advent wreaths are used in many churches, including Lutheran, Methodist, Episcopal, Anglican, and Roman Catholic churches also. Families usually do the devotions and lighting before dinner and let the candle burn during the meal.
Each candle is symbolic. The first candle represents hope. You can sing O Holy Night.
Jesus, You are our Hope! Please guide us and protect us in trials and difficulties. Our hope is in You! Amen.
The second candle represents peace. The second week both candles are lit and prayers of hope and peace are prayed. You can sing Silent Night.
Jesus, You are our peace. We are right with a Holy God and we have peace with our brothers and sisters in Christ because of what you have done. Please bring your peace to our hearts, homes, churches, and the world. Amen.