Celebrating Advent – The Shepherd’s Candle or Candle of Joy

This, the third Sunday of Advent, leads us into the week of the Shepherds’ Candle or the Joy Candle! The shepherds represent the message of great joy that is brought to the world about Jesus’ birth.

  When the angels had gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds began saying to one another, “Let us go straight to Bethlehem then, and see this thing that has happened which the Lord has made known to us.”
So they came in a hurry and found their way to Mary and Joseph, and the baby as He lay in the manger.
When they had seen this, they made known the statement which had been told them about this Child.
And all who heard it wondered at the things which were told them by the shepherds.
But Mary treasured all these things, pondering them in her heart.
The shepherds went back, glorifying and praising God for all that they had heard and seen, just as had been told them.
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Luke 2:15-21

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