The second candle of advent: Preparation

December 4, 2011 § Leave a comment

The second candle is the Candle of Preparation, or the Bethlehem Candle. It symbolizes the preparations made in Bethlehem in expectation of Christ’s birth. Christians consider how they might prepare their hearts, lives, and communities to welcome a Savior.

“As is written in the book of the words of Isaiah the prophet: ‘A voice of one calling in the desert, ‘Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for him. Every valley shall be filled in, every mountain and hill made low. The crooked roads shall become straight, the rough ways smooth. And all mankind will see God’s salvation.'” Luke 3:4-6

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