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First Sunday of Advent: Hope

posted 29 Nov 2008, 16:47 by St Lawrence C of E Church   [ updated 2 Dec 2008, 15:30 ]

The first Sunday of Advent is traditionally when the first candle of the Advent wreath is lit. This candle is called the Candle of Hope and as we light it we celebrate the hope we have in Jesus Christ.

The line "A candle of Hope in December's dark night" is from the Advent Hymn. The hymn is usually sung to the tune of "Away in a Manger". Here is the hymn reproduced in full: 
On the First Sunday of Advent
A candle is burning, a flame warm and bright;
A candle of Hope in December's dark night.
While angels sing blessings from heav'n's starry sky
Our hearts we prepare now, for Jesus is nigh.
On the Second Sunday of Advent.., add
A candle is burning, a candle of Peace;
A candle to signal that conflict must cease.
For Jesus is coming to show us the way;
A message of Peace humbly laid in the hay.
On the Third Sunday of Advent..., add
A candle is burning, a candle of Joy;
A candle to welcome brave Mary's new boy.
Our hearts fill with wonder and eyes light and glow
As Joy brightens winter like sunshine on snow.
On the Fourth Sunday of Advent..., add
A candle is burning, a candle of Love;
A candle to point us to heaven above.
A baby for Christmas, a wonderful birth;
For Jesus is bringing God's Love to our earth.
On Christmas Eve..., add
We honour Messiah with the Christ-Candle's flame;
Our Christmas Eve candles glad tidings proclaim.
O come, all ye faithful, rejoice on this night
As God comes among us, the Christian's true Light

With that I leave you one final thought: Hope is like a light shining in a dark place.