We are a Charismatic / Evangelical Sacramental & Liturgical Church
The ICCEC allows liturgy from the Book of Common Prayer, 1979 and the Sacramentary. The local Diocesan Bishop may approve exceptions.
From the Latin: Adventus: “Coming.” Advent is the first season of the Church year. Advent begins four Sundays before Christmas and ends on Christmas day. The color of Advent is traditionally purple, marking the preparational aspects of the season.
Advent: preparation, expectation. The Four Sundays before Christmas. Purple or Sarum blue, blue being the color for hope.
Advent I: The first candle symbolizes hope and is called the “Prophet’s Candle.” The prophets of the Old Testament, especially Isaiah, waited in hope for the Messiah’s arrival.
Advent II: The second candle represents faith and is called “Bethlehem’s Candle.” Micah had foretold that the Messiah would be born in Bethlehem, which is also the birthplace of King David.
Advent III: The third candle symbolizes joy (Rose color) and is called the “Shepherd’s Candle.” To the shepherd’s great joy, the angels announced that Jesus came for humble, unimportant people like them, too. In liturgy, the color rose signifies joy.
Advent IV: The fourth candle represents peace and is called the “Angel’s Candle.” The angels announced that Jesus came to bring peace–He came to bring people close to God and to each other again.
The (optional) fifth candle represents light and purity and is called “Christ’s candle.” It is placed in the middle and is lit on Christmas Day.