Advent Wreath: Lighting the Christ Candle
During Advent, we have reflected on what Christmas meant to the Shepherds, to the Wise Men, to Mary, and to Jesus. Today, as we light the Christ Candle in our advent wreath, we reflect on what Christmas means for us. We find that the real meaning of Christmas is the gift of eternal life with our Savior and King.
Scripture Reading: Matthew 1:21-23 “She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins. All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel (which means “God with us”).
Candle Lighting: Relight the first four candles, and then light the Christ Candle in the center of the wreath; as you are lighting the candles say: On this most holy day we light all four candles in our Advent wreath, and we are reminded of the Hope, Joy, Love and Peace that came as a result of His coming. Now we light the Christ Candle, we rejoice that the promise of God has been fulfilled in the coming of the Baby born in a manger.
Prayer: Gracious and Mighty King, we celebrate your goodness to us as we join the triumph and joy of Christmas. As your love has been revealed in all of its fullness, we pray that love may abound in our hearts during this special day. Grant us the spirit of Christ that we may live in the fullness of his character every day. In His name we pray. Amen.