Pope Benedict XVI extends the Peace of Christ to the world. Read more in this EWTN article of his Christmas message to the world.
Advent—Hope, Peace, Joy, Love—Christ
By Sandy Coverett
Today, as we light the candle of hope,
Our desire and expectation shines bright,
That Jesus, our Saviour, be reborn in our hearts,
And that our lives may be filled with His light.
Peace is this flame we now ignite,
Foregoing anger and strife,
May our hearts lay open, Jesus, our Lord,
To be led on in harmonious life.
Look, we kindle this flame of joy;
Its warmth for all the earth
Came to Bethlehem’s stable so long ago
When virgin Mary, to Jesus, gave birth.
This fourth candle, symbol of love,
Sent from our God on high;
The gift of Jesus, His beloved son,
That all mankind might to Him be brought nigh.
The Christ Child is born!
His flame is alight
And shines o’er all the earth!
Is now fulfilled
In Jesus, the Messiah’s birth.