On the fourth Sunday in Advent we light the Candle of Joy. Then on Christmas Eve, December 24 the center candle, the Christ candle will be lit.
The Candle of Joy recalls the message the angels delivered as they appeared to the shepherds;
” Glory to God in the highest ,
and on earth peace to men on
whom His favor rests.” Luke 2:14
And reminds us that Christ is the Prince of Peace:
” For unto us a child is born,
to us a Son is given,
and the government will be on His shoulders.
And He will be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father,
Prince of Peace.
Of the increase of His government and peace
there will be no end.” Isaiah 9: 6-7