In what order do you light the 5 advent candles?

Asked 3 years ago

Hi, this is the first year I am celebrating Advent as a 7th day Adventist. I'm excited to make my wreath and get the appropriate candles. However, I am not sure if we are supposed to light the candles in a specific order? Thanks


Nigel Yu

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

When lighting the advent candles, you first light a purple candle. Then you light another purple candle as well as the first candle. The pink candle is next in line, as well as the first two candles. Then it is the last purple candle with the other three candles. The last candle to light is the white candle with the other four.


Hunter Browning

Wednesday, November 03, 2021

There are different traditions about the order and color of Advent candles. In the Protestant tradition, four red candles are lit and in the orthodox church, six candles are lit. Some traditions light a total of 5 candles: First two purple candles on successive Sundays preceding Christmas, then a pink candle, another purple one, and finally a central white candle representing Christ.

The general rule for order of lighting colored Advent candles:

  • 1st: Green-faith
  • 2nd: Blue-hope
  • 3rd: Gold-love
  • 4th: White-peace
  • 5th: Purple-repentance


Johan Slabbert

Sunday, February 27, 2022

Advent starts four weeks before Christmas day. Although the candle colors might differ between branches of Christianity. The 4 colors of the advent candles are purple, pink and white. Catholics light the first candle on the first Sunday, lighting an additional candle each successive Sunday until Christmas day, according to the advent themes in order.


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