Lighting of the Advent Candles
We light the first and second candles, remembering the people’s longing for Peace in a time of war and destruction.
We long for hope and peace.
We light the third candles, recognizing the people’s struggle to find joy in exile.
We long for hope and joy.
We light the fourth candle, returning home to Jerusalem the people re-built the altar and praised God before turning to the enormous task at hand.
In the light of love, hope seems possible.
Finally, we light the Christ candle, despite a rebuilt faith and temple, life is hard under Roman occupation and oppression. The incarnate babe is God’s renewed promise to journey with us.
We commit and rejoice in the Hope for the world born beneath the starry sky.
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