Many Advent wreaths have a fifth and final white candle, which is lit on Christmas Day and which symbolizes Jesus Christ, the one for whom Abraham and Sarah, the prophets, John the Baptist and indeed ourselves have been waiting for so long. It is in Jesus Christ that we discover a perfect fulfilment of everything for which we have waited – as well as for those things for which we have not waited. Jesus brings both completion and surprise in our waiting, and points us forward to a life-long waiting that can only find fulfilment in the end of all things. Perhaps most surprising of all, however, is the discovery that the one for whom we wait has been present all along; silently waiting with us in joy as well as in sorrow, in delight as well as agony, drawing us further into the glorious paradox of God….
From: The Meaning is the Waiting: the spirit of Advent, by Paula Gooder
Lord of glory
How can I remain dull
When bathed in your brightness?
Why am I not radiant with your love and light about me?
Lord of love, fill my life
Dispel my darkness
Lighten my way
As the new dawn breaks
Let your sun rise in my heart
True light of the world
Enter the depths of my life
Flood the dark and hidden places
Overflow my whole being
With the light of your glory
From: The Glory of Light, by David Adam
Heavenly Father, you have created a universe of light:
Forgive us when we return to darkness.
Lord have mercy
Lord Jesus, you are the light of the world:
Cleanse and heal our blinded sight:
Christ have mercy
Holy Spirit, you give light in our hearts:
Renew us in faith and love.
Lord have mercy
From: Common Worship: Times and Seasons