Thursday, 3 December 2015

Advent Candles

As we were away last week I am late with getting our Advent Candles out and in use.  Today though I set them up on the table.  I bought the bowl with the candle holders a few years ago now and use it some years for our advent candles and sometimes I make other arrangements.  This year I decided that the bowl was the right thing.


In our tradition, which is the Church of England - Anglican - the Advent Wreath traditionally has four red or blue candles in a ring around a white or gold candle.  However, we use the candles that you see here.  This reflects the time that I first started to light Advent Candles when I attended an Episcopal Church in America, however, these candles are also used by the Church Of England.  The three purple candles reflect the liturgical colour of Advent.  The pink candle is for the third Sunday of Advent when rose pink vestments are traditionally worn.  This Sunday is called Rose Sunday or Gaudete Sunday.   The white candle is lit on Christmas Day.

The first purple candle is lit on the first Sunday of Advent and additional ones are lit each Sunday afterwards - with the pink one on the third Sunday of course.

There are several traditions which reflect the meaning of the different candles.  The Common Worship Principle Lectionary defines them as:-

First Sunday - The Patriarchs
Second Sunday - The Prophets
Third Sunday - John the Baptist
Fourth Sunday - The Virgin Mary
Christmas Day - Jesus Christ

 
We will light our candles each Sunday and say a prayer as we light them.  It is good to just take a little moment to think of others and to count our blessings.

Lighting the candles for me also connects me to the Church and to other Church families that I have known in the past.  It is a moment for reflection and the reminder of what is to come.  Advent after all is a season of preparation for Christmas, it isn't Christmas itself.  At least that is what I feel.


We do also indulge in a small daily amount of chocolate in our advent calendars as well!

I hope that you are finding joy and comfort in your own Advent preparations.

Amy

30 comments:

  1. I am really giving a lot of thought to the Christmas message and season. I seem to love everything about the Season. The carols even the silly ones, bring JOY. The commercialism doesnt even bother me....
    I love the lights, the sights, the sounds, the gathering of family.....

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  2. A beautiful period of time that I love, we still have an advent tea on a Sunday when we light our candle and say a prayer together. We don't give the children chocolate we give them little craft activities to prepare each day, it works well with them been so young.

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  3. Hi Amy! Oh, this is such a lovely Advent candle holder. I love what Advent stands for and so nice to see the different ways we can have the candles in our homes. Hope all is well with you.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  4. Such a wonderful time, dear Amy. This season is truly beautiful and what a joy it is to celebrate the birth of our precious Savior.

    Have a delightful day. Hugs!

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  5. Very interesting to read about everyone's advent traditions as it is something I'm not familiar with.

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  6. I like the tradition of lighting a candle each Sunday, we used to do it when I was little. x

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  7. You've created a very nice advent wreath Amy and for most of my life I attended the Anglican Church and always looked forward to the lighting of the candle each week. Where I worship now they don't use an advent candle wreath and I sure miss it. I've never made one for home but think this would be a good idea.

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  8. It's such a good tradition to keep going, I've never made one for home but always enjoy & appreciate the lighting in church xx

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  9. I love the bowl and it was fascinating to hear about the meaning of the different coloured candles. Enjoy the chocolate! xx

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  10. Loving my advent so far! A little chocolate, a small candle and a lot of love with my family! Hope yours is a enjoyable x

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  11. I grew up with an advent wreath but I don't do it in my own home (and I should I am catholic!) I do however have an advent calendar that my mom sewed for me when we were first married. I love it so!!

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  12. Lovely tradition in your family and thanks for telling us about it. Take care.

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  13. Lovely, we have a advent candle which you just bunr each day, and as of yet, I've not managed to stock our advent calendar with sweets
    Clare x

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  14. I had no idea about the different colours of candles. How interesting! :o)

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  15. Sometimes it's good to stop and think, life is such a rush these days x

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  16. Put together so lovely! Yes, my girls are at an age where counting down with chocolate is a favorite here ;-) LOL. Have a lovely evening!

    Blessings
    ,Jill

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  17. Lovely photo of your advent candles and an interesting read too - thank you.

    All the best Jan

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  18. Lovely bowl and thank you for the explanation of the candle colors.

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  19. Very pretty ! I had heard of this before years ago from me mum as she and my dad were both Anglican but not practicing Anglican when they moved here to Canada . My mum also used the Advent calendars with the chocolates for us kids and for the grands to lol ! Thanks for sharing , have a good day !

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  20. That is a beautiful advent arrangement. It's interesting to me to hear about the different ways that families in different places celebrate Christmas. And I always manage to keep plenty of chocolate camouflaged in fudge. :D

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  21. I very much like the Advent bowl. I have never seen one like it.

    My Christmas card from Joan arrived today. Lovely! I am getting a little alarmed that the card I sent first has not yet arrived.

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  22. I like the idea of chocolate...don't celebrate Advent though; just didn't grow up with the tradition. I do have morning devotions so that fills in the blanks.

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  23. Wonderful traditions my dear Amy.
    Meredith

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  24. Love that wreath of yours Amy! Really pretty. I've never done my own advent wrest at home. I just admire the one they light at my church each week. I've always thought about getting one, but just haven't done it.
    Thanks for sharing yours for this beautiful season. God bless Hon! Xoxo

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  25. I saw these Advent candles in a church I was in on Wednesday so I've enjoyed your explanation of their meaning. Your display is very pretty:)

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  26. What a beautiful post Amy, I enjoyed learning about what the different colours stand for, I didn't know before. Your bowl is really lovely, a pretty centrepiece. Wishing you a blessed advent. CJ xx

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  27. Lovely bowl. Enjoy lighting your candles.

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  28. I really enjoyed reading this post Amy. It makes me think of the true meaning of Christmas and not the commercial side which I think people can get caught up in. Joan at www.aviewtothefells.com

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  29. Beautiful!
    Last year, on the first day of Advent - my puppy arrived in the back of a huge blue truck - she left Oklahoma early in the morning - and arrived around lunch time - I met the truck at a stop the driver could easily find . . I could easily recognize her - she was traveling in a safe crate with a companion puppy who was going a little further down the road . . . I was smitten then - and love her even more today . . Happy Advent to us all!!!! love & love, -g-

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