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The first purple candle means: waiting

The second purple candle means: hope

The third purple candle means: joy

The pink candle means: peace

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Catholic AnswerThe candles, and the Advent wreath itself, are NOT part of the liturgy officially, and are a common folk custom from northern Europe. The four candles were put on the wreath to signify the four Sundays of Advent. Three violet candles and one rose candle - for the color of the four Advent Sundays (purple and pink are NOT liturgical colors in the Catholic Church). The candles themselves have no meaning outside of what some have given them, they are not officially part of the church's liturgy and thus have no official meaning. Some people put a white candle in the middle to stand for Christmas, but this is wildly inappropriate as, thought not official, it is an ADVENT wreath, and Advent ends on the afternoon of Christmas Eve.
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The colors of candles in Advent are purple and pink


The Advent wreath is not an official part of the liturgy, it is just a decoration. As such, it has no "official" meaning; the candles on the wreath just stand for the four Sundays of Advent, any other meanings are added by particular individuals.


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the candles are lit on advent because they all represent something when they are lit. the word advent comes from Latin which means to come. also the candles are all lit as advent is leading towards Christmas and we are celebrating the birth of lord Jesus


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You mean, "What colors are the Advent candles?" First Sunday in Advent, purple Second Sunday in Advent, purple Third Sunday in Advent, pink (or purple) Fourth Sunday in Advent, purple Some now use blue candles for all four Sundays in Advent. For more information do a web search on liturgical colors.


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there are four candles in the advent wreath 3 violets and 1 pink candle the pink candle is lighten in the 3rd week there are four candles in the advent wreath 3 violets and 1 pink candle the pink candle is lighten in the 3rd week



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