The Candle of Joy ~ Advent Week #3

Welcome to Advent week #3. The third week of Advent is the week of Joy!

I don’t know about y’all but I have been having fun reading about the meaning behind each Advent week’s candle!!! The third week of this holy time of reflection is known as “the Shepherd Candle,” where the joy that our Great Shepherd has been born, according to writer Hope Bolinger at Christianity.com. This is really perfect timing to me as I have been rereading in the gospel of Luke, chapter 2…

Good tidings of great joy!

The angels have just visited the shepherds in the fields somewhere outside of Jerusalem but have just gone away (Luke 2:15), so now the shepherds decide to go into the city to see this Savior, this “newborn babe…”

Our young shepherd here looks on at the newborn Savior, part of this Italian Nativity we bought more than 20 years ago, when Costco was Price Club (in California). I love the serene look of this shepherd’s face and his small flock of sheep, who look to him for guidance just as we look to our Savior for his lead… I will share the whole mantel decorated in a separate post. For now, here is a link to a similar Holy Family to ours and another with Wisemen and the Holy Family.

Our friend Amber of Follow the Yellow Brick Home shared her beautiful home at Share Your Style this past week and I noticed that she had a “Joy” pillow! It fits out theme. πŸ™‚

Joy and Why a Pink Candle for Week 3?

Hope Bolinger also writes that the use of a pink candle for Week 3 of Advent has lots of theories behind its use but “has its roots in something known as Gaudete Sunday.” Father Tim wrote in his blogpost, What’s Up With the Pink Candle?, that the pink or rose colored candle is used because of Gaudete Sunday where the “introit (intro) to the [Catholic] mass begins ‘Gaudete in Domino semper: iterum dico, gaudete” meaning β€œRejoice in the Lord always: again I say rejoice.’ ” Sometimes the priests would wear pink vestments on this third Sunday of Advent.

“During this third week of Advent, this Sunday celebrates the passage Phillipians 4:4-5, its verses extolling readers to “rejoice” for “indeed the Lord is near,” states Ms. Bolinger.

4 Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again, rejoice! 5 Let everyone see that you are considerate in all you do. Remember, the Lord is coming soon.

Philippians 4:4-5 NLT, apostle Paul in a letter to the church at Philippi

Here in this week’s tablescape I’ve lit the two lavender candles and one pink candle. *Ignore the second pink candle… πŸ˜‰ I still need to find a third lavender one. For this week, I thought about joy and how winter whites always bring me a lot of joy, so I decided to go with white for purity, and for winter, as my theme.

I found this dresser scarf/table runner at an antique shop in Idaho back when our son was pole vaulting at a winter invitational in Pocatello. The hand sewing is so fine that it is very difficult to tell which side of this linen piece is the right side. Amazing needlework!

Birds are also part of this week’s theme and I remembered I had a few white creamware birds so they flew out to the table to join in the Advent celebration. They were followed shortly by a pair of s/p shakers, Royal Doulton’s Old Country Roses, which were found at a seconds shop at a local outdoor mall in Lake Elsinore, California, many years ago now. The sweet bird napkins I found in Fallbrook, California at a fall market sales event for $5.00 for four. They are precious with their saying of:

I sing because I’m happy!

The brown writing on the napkins inspired the use of the Johnson Bros. Friendly Village winter set of teacups around the table. Winter Greetings by Catherine McClurg for Lenox creamer and sugar round out the pretties on the table.

I changed out the large wreath from Advent Week #2 for some simple Nordic style boughs which were given to me by Laura Ingalls Gunn of Decor to Adore several years ago at a DFW bloggers Christmas luncheon and shopping day. Wish we could have met up again this year! Maybe in 2021. πŸ™‚ The soft pine boughs look lovely overlaid on the gilded Advent wreath. The fifth candle is awaiting Christmas week and is a vanilla candle with pine boughs and holly embedded in the wax.

I’ve set the table with a nice breakfast served with tea in mind. Mr. Ethereal and I do like to cook breakfasts on at least one day each weekend, if we get up around the same time. He really liked this morning’s table setting!

One of two pieces we brought back from our trip out to California in June.

Our Christmas cactus is blooming happily and is enjoying fresh soil in this sweet blue and white pot I found for it online. I am happy to use this antique potting stand for it although the stand still needs refinishing. The cactus looks happy there and indeed it should! It blooms for our Savior, Christ Jesus!!!

My hope is that these posts about this time of Advent bring you much joy! I have enjoyed creating each tablescape with you in mind and our Savior’s happy birth… The little Noel signs at each placesetting came from Judith of Botanic Bleu and her annual French Country Christmas Sales event just this last weekend.

If you missed either of the two previous posts, you can find them here and here.

Blessings to you,


9 thoughts on “The Candle of Joy ~ Advent Week #3”

  1. Barb, I lingered over each and every detail of your post for Gaudete Sunday! I love the tablescape. That runner is a real beauty – that is tatting along the edge, a very painstaking, time-consuming style of lace work, per my sister who learned how to do it. When we find linens with tatting, they always sell well and for good prices (if we can let go of fostering them!). All the Friendly Village and bird details on your table……very nice. I hope you have a joyful week!

    1. Thank you so much, Rita! Last week was a pretty good week; the week before Christmas is always a fun week working in a school! The kids are enjoying their learning while doing worksheets and crafts which are holiday related. Happily, we are on break now! πŸ™‚

      I do love the table runner with the tatting. My grandmother on my father’s side (his adopted mother) crocheted all kinds of linens and I wouldn’t be surprised if she tatted. I am glad your sister learned the art; I hope she can find some young people to pass it on… <3

      Enjoy your Christmas week,
      Barb πŸ™‚

  2. Oh my word, every picture of your beautiful house and every detail of your gorgeous Xmas decor is really inspiring.
    The tablescape is lovely and the runner is the star, along with the Advent wreath is perfect with the pink candle to celebrate the third week of celebration for the birth of our Saviour Jesus Christ.
    Thank you for hosting sweet lady.

    1. Thank you so much, Fabby! I have been enjoying creating these Advent posts so much. They were a gift for you, but like years I was singing for the children at church, you are blessed in return… Always amazing to me! And it must be another special gift from God. <3 I am so glad you enjoyed this post and series!

      Many Christmas hugs,
      Barb πŸ™‚

    2. Thank you, Fabby! This has been a wonderful season of Advent and even though this year has been a bummer with the virus (as we both know!), it hasn’t been without its joys!!!

      Merry Christmas to you and your family, one more Advent post to go on Christmas Eve…
      Barb πŸ™‚

  3. What a great idea to use the advent wreath and candles as the centerpiece for a tablescape!
    I want to use this idea for next year’s advent. Just me and my husband, but I think it really brings home the message on what Christmas is about.

    1. That’s us here! Just hubby and me anymore but our daughter is driving up on NYE for a short visit. Funny how we miss those crazy days when our kids were small… πŸ˜‰

      Merry Christmas to you,
      Barb πŸ™‚

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