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Advent candles to start the season right

Candles nestled in the evergreen of a wreath is considered one of the highlights of the Advent season. Attending Mass, one would notice a candle is lit from the first Sunday of Advent and each subsequent Sunday leading up to the week of Christmas.

For one parish, focusing on the meaning of the Advent candles was something they did not want parishioners to limit to their church spaces. At St Francis of Assisi, Sangre Grande, the Ministry Animation Team wanted parishioners to focus on praying more in their personal spaces during this season of “waiting”.

One member of the team, twenty-one-year-old, Kristian Luces took charge of the initiative to get these candles to homes and offices. While Advent candles are readily available at many liturgical bookshops, the cost can be quite demanding ranging from $55–$100 for the set four candles (three purple and one pink). The white candle which is lit on Christmas day is excluded as it is common to find.

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