Saturday, December 8, 2007

The Second Week of Advent- The Bethlehem Candle

The Prophecy Candle is the first candle lit. It reminds us of the Old Testament prophets who foretold Christ's birth. The Bethlehem Candle, symbolic of the Christ Child's cradle, is second candle to be lighted. The Scripture reading is from the Prophet Micah.

Micah 5:2-5 But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah, who are too little to be among the clans of Judah, from you shall come forth for me one who is to be ruler in Israel, whose origin is from of old, from ancient days. [3] Therefore he shall give them up until the time when she who is in labor has given birth; then the rest of his brothers shall return to the people of Israel. [4] And he shall stand and shepherd his flock in the strength of the Lord, in the majesty of the name of the Lord his God. And they shall dwell secure, for now he shall be great to the ends of the earth. [5] And he shall be their peace.


Frontier Forest said...

Dearest Pastor, Just wondering? What is your all time favorite Christ-Carol? Mine and Cheri’s is “O-Holy Night”. And young Josh Groban does a mighty fine job of bringing Glory to His Holy and Precious Name!

AJF said...

That's a tough call, but I think I would have to go with O Come, O Come Immanuel.

Of course, all musical creations fall short of Handel's Messiah, in my view.