15th Day of Advent

Candle of Joy

December 13, 2020

The third candle of Advent is the Candle of Joy.  It reminds us of the joy that Mary felt when the angel Gabriel told her that a special child would be born to her - a child who would save and deliver his people.


God wants us all to have joy.  The angel who announced to the shepherds that Jesus had been born told them: "Do not be afraid.  I am bringing you good news of a great joy for all people - for to you is born this day, in the City of David, a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord."


We light this candle to remember that Christ brings the promise of a new life - a life in which the blind receive sight, the lame walk, and the prisoners are set free.   We light it to remember that He is the bringer of true and everlasting joy.