FOURTH SUNDAY ADVENT READINGS
On this Sunday before Christmas, add the light of the purple wise men candle to that of the other three candles. The readings focus on the wise men, wisdom, and One who is all-wise.
James 1:5; 3:13-18
1 Corinthians 1:17-30
1 Corinthians 3:11-23
Job 28:12-28; Psalm 111:10
Proverbs 1:1-10; Psalm 90:12
On Christmas Eve, light the larger red candle in the center of the wreath, if you have one, along with the other four. Through the weeks, the light of your wreath has grown brighter, and with the celebration of Christ's birth the message becomes clearer that the Light of the World has overcome the darkness. With your family and friends, read John 8:12, 9:4-5; Matthew 5:14-16; 2 Corinthians 4:3-6; and 1 John 1:6-7. Sing your favorite carols in celebration because in Isaiah's words, "The people that have walked in the darkness have seen a great light."
On Christmas day, relight all the candles and read together the familiar story of Christ's birth in Luke 2:1-20.