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First Sunday of Advent - trinalin thinks things through — LiveJournal
First Sunday of Advent
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gregmce From: gregmce Date: November 30th, 2003 05:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
I love that you write your own Advent devotionals--that's wonderful.

My celebration this year will probably be buying another chocolate Advent calendar, which is not quite so religious but certainly tasty. :) And I'll be going to Christmas mass with my family, of course.

Perhaps you can refresh my memory, though. Why is the third candle in the Advent wreath the pink one? I never understood that as a child and while I knew the answer at one point, it's long since passed out of my memory...
trinalin From: trinalin Date: December 1st, 2003 04:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
Why is the third candle in the Advent wreath the pink one?

Well, I couldn't remember this myself, so I asked my dad, who knows these things. Here's what he had to say:

"The third candle does not have to be pink. The colors are really arbitrary depending on which church tradition is being followed. In the UMC book that we used to use, pink represented preparation, I think, but 4 purple candles would be appropriate. Purple is the liturgical color for Advent. It connotes reflection and repentance."

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