First Advent Candle

Here is a liturgy for the first candle:

Today we light the first candle of the Advent wreath. This is the candle of HOPE.

With Christians around the world, we use this light to help us
prepare our hearts and minds for the coming of God’s Son, our Savior,
Jesus Christ.

May we receive God’s light as we hear the words of the prophet Isaiah:

“The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those
who lived in a land of deep darkness — on them light has shined.”
— Isaiah 9:2

Let us pray:
Lord as we look to the birth of Jesus, grant that the light of your
love for us will help us to become lights in the lives of those around
us. Prepare our hearts for the joy and gladness of your coming, for
Jesus is our hope. Amen.

About Scot McKnight

Scot McKnight is a recognized authority on the New Testament, early Christianity, and the historical Jesus. McKnight, author of more than fifty books, is the Professor of New Testament at Northern Seminary in Lombard, IL.

  • Rebeccat

    Thank you! I always miss the first week of advent and then struggle to pull it together. But I still have time to pull out the advent wreath and find some candles. You’ve just made my whole holiday season better.:)

  • Kyle

    This is our first year to celebrate Advent as a family. I’ve read some about the advent wreath, but am not sure as to how long the candles burn? Is it supposed to burn perpetually until Christmas, or just during a weekly ceremony?

  • Scot McKnight

    We burn each candle about one hour on the Sunday.

  • Jeff Greathouse

    I cannot believe that it is Advent already. Our Advent wreath is in storage and the gate to the storage unit is broke; so we had to run out and get a temporary one for our family advent tonight.
    Looking forward to the time of reflection with the family.

  • Carla

    Our family lights the advent candles so that we are able to light the 4th candle Christmas Eve and the Christ Candle Christmas Day. Therefore, we will be lighting our first advent candle next Sunday.

  • Gabe

    Thank you for posting this liturgy. Is this a liturgy you formulated yourself? If not where did you get it from? Cheers.