Today in church we lit two candles on our Advent wreath because it is the second of the four Sundays in Advent. Each of the four red candles reminds us of those who prepared for the coming of Christ.
Advent 1 The Patriarchs – we focus on Abraham our father in faith, and David in whose city Jesus was to be born.
Advent 2 The Prophets – we reflect on the way the birth of the Messiah was foretold in the scriptures.
Advent 3 John the Baptist – he prepared the way for Jesus and baptised him at the start of Jesus’ ministry.
Advent 4 Mary – chosen by God to be the mother of Jesus.
Christmas Day – Jesus Christ the light of the world – the central white candle
Lord Jesus, light of the world,
the prophets said you would bring peace
and save your people in trouble.
Give peace in our hearts at Christmas
and show all the world God’s love.