The Christ Candle ~ Advent on Christmas

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We begin this Christmas Advent in our family with a re-reading of The Prophecy Candle ~ The First Week of Advent,  The Bethlehem Candle ~ The Second Week of Advent, The Shepherds Candle ~ The Third Week of Advent and The Kings' Candle ~ The Fourth Week of Advent.

The Christ Candle

Grandfather: “Jesus said, ‘I am the light of the world, he who follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.’”

Grandchild: Light the center white candle and ask: Why do we light the Christ candle?

Grandfather: It reminds us that Jesus told us He is the light of the world.

Here is what the Gospel of John tells us about Jesus’ coming into the world.

Adult: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God, He was with God in the beginning. All things were created through Him, and apart from Him not one thing was created that has been created. Life was in Him, and that life was the light of men. That light shines in the darkness, yet the darkness did not overcome it.  There was a man named John who was sent from God. He came as a witness to testify about the light, so that all might believe through him. He was not the light but he came to testify about the light. The true light, who gives light to everyone, was coming into the world.” (John 1:1-9)

Everyone sing: O Come, All Ye Faithful
                O come, all ye faithful, joyful and triumphant,
                O come ye, O come ye to Bethlehem!
                Come and behold Him, born the King of angels!
                O come, let us adore Him,
                O come, let us adore Him,
                O come, let us adore Him, Christ the Lord!

Grandfather: Almighty God, you have poured on us the new light of your son, Jesus: Grant that this light burns in our hearts and shines in our lives. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.

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