Fædrenes tro, |
hvor I bo, |
er slægtens dyreste eje.
The Advent Wreath
The Advent wreath is a circular garland of evergreen branches (often spruce) representing eternity. On that wreath, four candles are typically arranged; the tradition is originally Catholic and involves purple candles but in the North white candles are more common.
During the season of Advent one candle (then two, then three and then four) on the wreath is lit each Sunday at the beginning of the service in our church. Each candle represents an aspect of the spiritual preparation for the coming of the Lord.
On the first Sunday of Advent, the first candle is lit. This candle is called the "Prophecy Candle" in remembrance of the prophets, primarily Isaiah, who foretold the birth of Christ. This candle represents hope or expectation in anticipation of the coming Messiah. It is also known as the “Candle of the Word” because God is now letting his Word shine over the world.
Each week on Sunday, an additional candle is lit. On the Second Sunday of Advent, the second candle is lit along with the first. This candle typically represents love. Some traditions call this the "Bethlehem Candle," symbolising Christ's manger.
On the third Sunday of Advent the third candle along with the first two is lit. This candle is customarily called the "Shepherds Candle" and it represents joy. In this manner it also becomes a promise of Easter morning.
The fourth and last candle, "The Angels Candle," represents peace and is lit on the fourth Sunday of Advent along with the rest. It can also be thought of as the Pentecostal candle because it marks a new beginning in our hearts.
In some traditions a fifth candle is in the middle, "The Christ Candle", and that is lit on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day.
And the ribbons? Are they supposed to be a particular colour?
Some have it that since Advent in the church year is purple, at sign of fasting and preparation, so should the ribbons be whereas others prefer the read for the blood of Christ (or the Danish and Canadian flags, the Norwegians would probably like a bit of blue in the mix and the Swedes stay with yellow and blue). The important thing is to pause and remember that this is about God, not about being tired out from partying before Christmas.
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Hello—and welcome to the Danish Lutheran Church!
I’m the pastor of this congregation
and together with all the people who volunteer to keep this church going
I would like to invite you to get to know us.
We started out as an immigrant church almost 70 years ago,
and now we are a church with Scandinavian roots in a Canadian setting.
We still speak Danish at some of our services and functions,
but as many of our members don’t speak Danish,
most functions are in English.
You may wonder what’s so specific about the Danish heritage
in respect to being Christian.
Mostly, it is a matter of traditions and the way we do things
at the service and the social functions.
But also, the theology has a special angle,
mostly because of some particular church reformists and hymn writers
we have had during the Danish church history.
Newcomers to our church may find that our rituals and traditions
are close to the original reformatory roots,
but they also have a Viking ring to them!
We invite you to drop by our church and experience our beautiful church room
and take part in our worship and fellowship.
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