Sunday, November 27

Celebrating Advent - Week 1


Our family has so many special traditions at this time of year. One of them is our observance of Advent. Today marks the first Sunday in Advent and so tonight we light the first candle in our wreath. This is the first purple candle and it represents "Hope".

Charles gets to light the first candle and say a special dinner prayer. That candle will then be lit each night this week during dinner. (Topher is too young to light a candle so he gets to blow them out). Each Sunday, we have a special dinner and I usually make sugar cookies shaped like stars and dusted with glistening sanding sugar. Tonight's dinner was a favorite of mine:

"Family Favorite" Brisket in the Crockpot
Roasted Brussels Sprouts
Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Last year, Edmund learned a sweet little Advent Song in Church. I'd like to incorporate this song in to our our Advent celebrations at home.


Verse 1:

Light the Advent Candle one
Now the waiting has begun
We have started on our way
Time to think of Christmas Day


Candle, candle, burning bright
Shining in the cold winter night
Candle, candle, burning bright
Fill our hearts with Christmas Light

Verse 2:

Light the Advent Candle two
Think of humble shepherds who
Filled with wonder at the sight
Of the child on Christmas night


Verse 3:

Light the Advent Candle three
Think of heavenly harmony
Angels singing "Peace on Earth"
At the Blessed Saviour's birth


Verse 4:

Light the Advent Candle four
Think of joy forever more
Christchild in a stable born
Gift of love that Chrismas morn



Clarissa L. said...

I was looking for a music clip of this song when I came across your blog. We've been singing it for at least 26 years in our own family Advent celebration. I think it's wonderful that others are too.

Anonymous said...

We used to sing this song back in grade school, and i have been searching for the lyrics for a while now. Thanks for posting them!

Anonymous said...

Hi Emily,
what is the tune for the advent song? thanks, from janet in canada

Anonymous said...

Hello Emily
I searched for my sheet music for this song and couldn't find it. I really only needed it for the words and now I'm so happy that I have found them here. It's a lovely Advent song.
Thanks, from Nita in Australia.
Sunday 25th November 2007.

Kelly_SSJ/A said...

Here I thought I was the only one who knew this song outside of those around my age and older in my parish. I was tempted to think the Priest and sisters wrote it themselves. Thank you!

becky1104 said...

emily, i was wondering if you had the sheet music to this song, i used to sing it in church when i was little, and now i want to reintroduce this song to my parish. anything you can do would be great!! thanks!!

Candis Wells said...

I am searching for this sheet music also to the advent song. Thanks Candis Wells

Gwen said...

Does anyone know where one could get a recording of this song? Please email me if you do... Thanks so much.

Theresa said...

I have seen this song in the "Journey Songs Book," a hymnal used by many Catholic parishes. Perhaps you coud contact the publishers of that hymnal for accompaniment or for permission to copy it from one of the accompaniment books at a local parish.


Everything Stars Kids said...

ok well i came acros ur blog and
i just wanted to say how awesome it was to finally find the words to this song
im only 11 years old!!
i have to sing this song at school for our advent celebration so
i wanted to seach it up and practice it because i have to be guiding the other students to it and yeah



Anonymous said...

I've been looking for the lyrics, and when I found the lyrics I was over-joyed, just to learn that my music director needs the tune, which I can't find anywhere. If anyone has the tune please let me know, you can email me at

Thanks so much!

Anonymous said...

I too could use the sheet music to this! Thank you so much.

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Anonymous said...

I'm an 8th grader singing this for school ... and there is a Christmas candle verse that goes as follows

Light the Christmas candle now think of donkey sheep and cow. Birthday candles for the king let the Alleluias ring.
Then the

Mary said...

Does anyone have the melody or sheet music for "Light the Advent Candle One?" Please email me @

Thanks so much!


William Ball said...

These are sources I've found for the Advent Song
The Faith We Sing Hymnal #2090
Methodist, I believe, but not sure about the number

“The Advent Song” (From SING THE FAITH, PC(USA) hymns, © 1998 Mary Lu Walker, from Luke 2:1-20)

cheers, William in Ottawa, Canada

DianeF954 said...

Thanks so much for posting the lyrics. This was the song I sang to my children as we lit the Advent Candles & I lost my copy of the words.

Lacey Gehrels said...

Could someone please email me the sheet music as well?