Advent Candles Tell their Story

Circular advent wreath, with four lit candles -symbolising the four weeks of Advent - Week 1 Advent candles tell their story, as we watch and pray, longing for the Day of Glory, “Come, Lord, soon”, we say, Pain and sorrow, tears and sadness changed for gladness, on that day. Week 2 Prophet voices loudly crying, making pathways clear, glimpses glory, self‐denying, calling all to hear. Through their message Challenged, shaken – hearts awaken: God is near. Week 3 John the Baptist, by his preaching, and by water poured, brought to those who heard his teaching, news of hope restored: “Keep your vision strong and steady, and be ready, for the Lord. Week 4 Mary’s gift, beyond all telling, was to give Christ room. She gave God a human dwelling, in a mother’s womb. Who could guess the final story? cross and glory; Empty tomb! Christmas Day: Advent candles tell their story, on this Christmas Day. Those who waited for God’s glory: they prepared the way. Christ is with us: loving, giving, in us living, here today!
This hymn with verses for the weeks of Advent was written by English Anglican priest, author and lecturer, Mark Earey (b. 1965).   It was created as a children's hymn but can be used in all-ages services too.

With meter 8.5.8.5.8.7, it is set to the tune ANGEL VOICES (Monk) composed by Edwin George Monk (1819-1900) in 1861.

Hymn books where it has been published include:
These books are the only known sources of sheet music for the song.



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The lyrics are copyright so cannot be reproduced here. But they are currently available on this website. A rough outline is:
Week 1:  Advent candles tell their story, as we watch and pray, longing for ...

Week 2:  Prophet voices loudly crying, making pathways clear, glimpses glory ...

Week 3  John the Baptist, by his preaching, and by water poured ... and be ready, for the Lord.

Week 4  Mary’s gift, beyond all telling, was to give Christ room ...

Christmas Day:  Advent candles tell their story, on this Christmas Day.


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Week 1
Advent candles tell their story, as we watch and pray,
longing for the Day of Glory, “Come, Lord, soon”, we say,
Pain and sorrow, tears and sadness
changed for gladness, on that day.

Week 2
Prophet voices loudly crying, making pathways clear,
glimpses glory, self‐denying, calling all to hear.
Through their message – challenged, shaken –
hearts awaken: God is near.

Week 3
John the Baptist, by his preaching, and by water poured,
brought to those who heard his teaching, news of hope restored:
“Keep your vision strong and steady,
and be ready, for the Lord.

Week 4
Mary’s gift, beyond all telling, was to give Christ room.
She gave God a human dwelling, in a mother’s womb.
Who could guess the final story?
cross and glory; Empty tomb!

Christmas Day
Advent candles tell their story, on this Christmas Day.
Those who waited for God’s glory: they prepared the way.
Christ is with us: loving, giving,
in us living, here today!

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