|This is a picture of the five candles of Advent.
The four candles represent the four weeks of Advent, and one candle is lit each Sunday. Three of the candles are purple because the color violet is a liturgical color that signifies a time of prayer, penance, and sacrifice.
The third candle is pink and symbolizes joy. It is called the Ã¢â¬ÅShepardÃ¢â¬â¢s Candle,Ã¢â¬Â and is pink because rose is a liturgical color for joy. The third Sunday of Advent is Gaudete Sunday and is meant to remind us of the joy that the world experienced at the birth of Jesus, as well as the joy that the faithful have reached the midpoint of Advent.
The white candle is placed in the middle of the wreath and lit on Christmas Eve. This candle is called the Ã¢â¬ÅChrist CandleÃ¢â¬Â and represents the life of Christ. The color white is for purityÃ¢â¬âbecause Christ is our sinless, pure Savior.