Third Advent Sunday: light the pink candle of joy!


The Christmas angels sang a joyful message!

Luke 2:7-15: “…and Mary gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger... And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified.

But the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.

Today in the town of David a Saviour has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.... Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favour rests.


There are 4 Advent candles. Three are either deep purple, or royal blue, which are the colours of monarchs. We expect a King! We contemplate the Advent of Christ the King and deep purple or royal blue reminds us of a King that was born, a King that reigns to our benefit and for our salvation and a King that will return in glory.

His Kingdom is founded on the hope, peace and love made possible by the birth, teaching, life, sacrifice, and victory of Christ Jesus.

The King has come; the King is coming! “The Spirit and the bride say: Come!”

But on the third Advent, we light a pink candle – of joy!


This, as the angels told the shepherds, is good news of great joy.

Joy is the predominant emotion of the Season. Joy fills our hearts and lives because of the hope, peace and love that Christ gives us as the Light of the world. We are so happy, because darkness fled before the Light, even Jesus our Saviour. The prominent third, pink Advent candle testifies to this.


We share his light with the world through the joy we express during our festivities, because in the City of David a Saviour was born to us!

We bring light to a cold, despondent, warring, and selfish world by sharing the hope, peace and love of our Lord. This we do, as the angels did, with great joy and lots of cheerfulness.


Since earliest times pink represents the joy of Christ!

So, even when we during Advent stand amazed by the fact that God became a man, born of a woman, to become our conquering King, and even though it asked of him to temporarily lay down his divine glory to become a mere man, for our salvation, and even though we may grieve over the fact that our sins brought this  humiliation upon our Lord, the overwhelming experience of deliverance, salvation and redemption by God who was born a Child, is pure joy. The gratefulness, thanksgiving, and relief we experience, make us truly happy.


Glory to God in highest, for the peace of God is good news of great joy.

Christ conquered our sin, our death and our judgment and gave us peace.

We receive God’s firm hope and divine love, in Jesus.

Joy to the world, the Saviour reigns!  Let, earth receive her King!