How To Let The Five Candles Of Advent Refresh And Renew


the “Christmas isn’t just a temporal celebration or the memory of a beautiful (event); Christmas is more … Christmas is an encounter!” – Pope Francis

The season of Advent is well underway, a season of expectation leading up to Christmas Day. But what are we expecting?  I am going to avoid ragging about the pressure current celebrations add to this expectation, but rather focus on the roots of the Advent Season.  From there, we can decide now, today, what our expectations really are.

Where The Advent Season Started

A quick Google of the history of the Advent Season brings up a lot of interesting things.  For instance:

  • Its beginnings were in the 4th and 5th centuries in Spain a Gaul (France)
  • The season was not initially associated with Christmas.  Rather it was a time of preparation for new Christians to be baptized during the Feast of Epiphany in January
  • In the 6th century, Roman Christians tied the Advent Season in anticipation of the second coming of Christ.
  • In the Middle Ages, it came to be a celebration of Jesus’ first coming into the world as the Christ Child.

Today, depending on the camp in which a Believer sits, the Advent Season celebrates the first coming of the Lord as well as the expectation of His second coming as King.

Advent SeasonThe Wreath

We celebrate Advent the four Sundays prior to Christmas.  Many use an Advent Wreath with five candles, one to be lit on each Sunday, with the fifth lit on Christmas Eve.  As each candle is lit, a portion of the Christmas Story is remembered:

  • The first candle is the “Prophet’s Candle” representing hope.  The prophets of the Old Testament, especially Isaiah, waited in hope for the Messiah’s arrival.
  • The second candle represents faith: “Bethlehem’s Candle:.  Micah foretold the Messiah would be born in Bethlehem, the birthplace of King David.
  • The third candle that symbolizes joy, is the “Shepherd’s Candle.” To the shepherd’s great joy, the angels announced that Jesus came to the humble, those without voice. In the liturgy, the color rose signifies joy, thus this candle is pink.
  • The fourth candle is the “Angel’s Candle” representing the peace Jesus came to bring peace that God was not angry with mankind.
  • The fifth candle is “Christ’s candle” representing light and purity.  Lit on Christmas Eve or Day, it users in the Twelve Days of Christmas.

Even though we are well into the Advent season, it would be good to take a pause and reflect on these attributes.  Let them refresh your preparations and nourish your soul. Take a few more moments and breathe.

What do you REALLY want this Advent Season to look like?  Write it down – now build everything else around that.  Please share your thoughts in the comments!  Let’s encourage each other. 


I am a former air traffic controller, pilot, Aircoupe owner, married 42 years to a great guy. We live in a 125+ year old historic Victorian, enjoy cats, vintage anything, precious friends. My passion is Giving Lost Stories A Voice – Giving Found Materials Fresh Form and Purpose!

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