The Lighting of the Christmas Candles
The Candle of Peace
We light the Christmas candles to get our hearts ready to celebrate Christmas. Last time, we lit the Candle of Hope to remind us of the hope we have in Jesus our Savior and in God’s promises. (Relight the first candle.) Today, we light the second candle. We call it the Candle of Peace to remind us of the peace we receive through Jesus Christ our Lord. Like the first candle, this candle is also purple to remind us that Jesus is the King of Kings.
God sent an angel to prepare Mary, Jesus’ mother, for His birth. Read Luke 1:28-33. The angel said, “Don’t be afraid.”
God also sent an angel to prepare Joseph, Jesus’ father, for His birth. Read Matthew 1:20-21. The angel also told Joseph, “Don’t be afraid.”
We light the second candle of Advent, the Candle of Peace, to remind us of the peace that enters our lives when we experience the presence of Jesus Christ. Light the second candle.
Prayer: Dear God, sometimes our lives are anything but peaceful. Help us to quiet our minds, mouths, and bodies as we prepare our hearts for Christmas. We know that as we give our hearts to You, we can have the same peace You gave to Mary and Joseph as they prepared for Jesus’ birth. Guide us in all we say and do, so we reflect Your peace to those around us. Amen.
Sing: “Silent Night” or “O, Little Town of Bethlehem.” Alternate songs which reference peace: “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing” or “It Came Upon the Midnight Clear (verse 1).”
- What keeps you from having peace in your life this Christmas? What is one practical step you can do to bring peace into that situation?
- What is one way you can reflect peace to those around you?
- Read scriptures about peace: Psalm 29:11; Isaiah 26:3; Isaiah 55:12; Matthew 11:28-29.
- One of the names of Jesus is “Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6). Because of Christ’s sacrifice, we are restored to a relationship of peace with God (Romans 5:1). This is the deep, abiding peace between our hearts and our Creator that cannot be taken away (John 10:27–28) and the ultimate fulfillment of Christ’s work as “Prince of Peace.”
- Peaceful doesn’t mean easy or without conflict. But it does mean that no matter what we are facing, we can ask God for His peace, a peace that passes all understanding (Philippians 4:7).
Add Mary and Joseph to your nativity set. Talk about how they may have felt when they heard they were to be parents of God’s Son.