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.
Jesus, You have filled our hearts with Joy! Thank you for the celebration of Christmas, Your birthday. Fill us up to overflowing with more joy and let it bubble over to everyone around us. Amen.
The fourth candle represents love. The fourth week all four candles are lit and prayers of hope, peace, joy, and love are prayed. Sing Hark the Herald Angels Sing.
Jesus, You have shown us what true love is. You loved us so much that You came and died for us. Thank you, Father, for sending Jesus to die for us. Thank you for all the ways You love us! Fill us up with Your love so we can love others too. Amen.
On Christmas Eve, after the other four candles, the white candle is lit. The white candle reminds us that Jesus is the Light of the World. Sing O Come All Ye Faithful.
Jesus, You are the Light of the World. You have given us light through Your life and Your Word. We love to be in Your Presence and worship You! Happy birthday, Jesus. Amen.
Merey (Meredith Ludwig Curtis)