THE THIRD ADVENT CANDLE

By Philip Quirke



We frame this day

against the glum grain of the World

where sorrows weigh us down:

‘I want you to be

always Joyful

in the Lord’

That we may feel

the warmth of the Rose Candle:

tribulations so

often

and our hungers are laced with Hope

in the promise of God’s appearing:

‘do not lose heart’.