The Advent wreath contains four candles representing: love, peace, hope, and joy. All four are fulfilled in Christ. Today, we celebrate joy.
The shepherds were the first to hear the joyful announcement of Christ’s birth— good news of great joy for all people.
Prepare, then, the way of the Lord.
Upon seeing the Christ child, the shepherds spread the word concerning what had been told them about Jesus, and all who heard it were amazed.
We have also heard this wonderful news. We welcome the message with the joy of the Spirit. Though we have not seen Jesus, we love him;
and even though we do not see him now, we trust him. For there is none like you; you give us joy inexpressible.
Prepare the way of the Lord.
We light this candle in joy, joy in the Light of the world who brightens all things.
Joy to the world, our Savior reigns!