The Meaning of Advent Candles
Christmas 2018 at Cornerstone Church will include a meaningful Christian tradition; the lighting of Advent Candles. Advent” means “arrival” or “coming,” and so at each worship service leading up to Christmas we will pause, light a candle and remember why Jesus came. Given that we have just finished a series on the invisible war with Satan’s dark kingdom, it is fitting that Pastor Jerry will begin a Christmas series on the incarnation of Jesus entitled, Jesus: the Light of the world.
This act of worship will involve the entire Cornerstone family in a fun and meaningful Scripture reading for each week. A new candle will be lit on each of the four weeks before Christmas and then the final candle will be lit at our Christmas Eve services. Here are the five advent candles and their meaning…
1. The first candle symbolizes hope and is called the “Prophet’s Candle.” The prophets of the Old Testament, especially Isaiah, waited in hope for the Messiah’s arrival.
2. The second candle represents preparation and is called “Bethlehem’s Candle.” Micah had foretold that the Messiah would be born in Bethlehem, which is also the birthplace of King David.
3. The third candle represents peace and is called the “Angel’s Candle.” The angels announced that Jesus came to bring peace--He came to bring people close to God and to each other again.
4. The fourth candle symbolizes joy and is called the “Shepherd’s Candle.” To the shepherd’s great joy, the angels announced that Jesus came for humble, unimportant people like them, too. In liturgy, the color rose signifies joy.
5. The fifth candle represents salvation and is called “Christ’s Candle.” It will be lit at our Christmas Eve services.
As we light a candle each week, let’s remember how Jesus entered our dark, broken world on the first Christmas long ago, and that He’s working even now to bring the light of the Gospel which gives us peace with God and eternal life.
"Advent” means “arrival” or “coming,” and so at each worship service leading up to Christmas we will pause, light a candle and remember why Jesus came."
"A new candle will be lit on each of the four weeks before Christmas and then the final candle will be lit at our Christmas Eve services."