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How do you light Advent candles?

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Lighting the Advent candles involves lighting a purple candle during the first week of Advent, lighting an additional purple candle during the second week of Advent and relighting the two purple candles and an additional pink candle during the third week. All four candles are lit during the fourth week.

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Light the candles each night during Advent, and put them out after dinner or after Advent devotions. The first purple candle signifies the anticipation of Christ’s birth, the second purple candle signifies God’s love, the third pink candle signifies the joy of Christ’s birth and the last purple candle signifies peace. Some Protestant churches use blue candles instead of purple candles. The four candles are normally arranged in a circle with evergreen leaves, and often a white candle representing Christmas is placed in the middle.

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