End Violence Against Children Campaign : Advent Wreath Liturgy Ideas

Ideas for Advent Wreath Candle Lighting words with focus on The Global Campaign to End Violence Against Children by 2030 which seeks a world in which every child grows up free from violence.

Every five minutes, somewhere in our world, a child dies as a result of violence. An estimated 120 million girls and 73 million boys have been victims of sexual violence, and almost one billion children are subjected to physical punishment on a regular basis.

As part of Agenda 2030, the world’s governments have set ambitious targets to end violence by 2030, in order to deliver the vision of a world where all children – girls and boys alike – grow up free from violence and exploitation.

The Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children will support the efforts of those seeking to prevent violence, protect childhood, and help make societies safe for children.

Source: http://www.end-violence.org

Key Facts: An Overview http://www.wvi.org/it-takes-world/key-facts

Advent 1 : Hope/ Prophets Candle

On the first Sunday of Advent, the first purple candle is lit. This candle is typically called the “Prophecy Candle” in remembrance of the prophets, primarily Isaiah, who foretold the birth of Christ:

Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel. (Isaiah 7:14, NIV)

This first candle represents hope or expectation in anticipation of the coming Messiah.

As we light the HOPE candle we seek to join with the Global Campaign to End Violence Against Children and to shine light into the darkness of…

Youth Suicide 

We light a candle of HOPE for the 800 000 people who each year take their own life and for the many more people who attempt such and for families and communities devastated by such.   WHO 2017

HOPE those suffering in high-income countries from mental illness, particularly depression and drug abuse.

HOPE for those in crisis experiencing breakdown in the ability to deal with life stresses, such as financial problems, relationship break-up or chronic pain and illness.

HOPE for those experiencing conflict, disaster, violence, abuse, or loss and a sense of isolation.

HOPE amongst vulnerable groups who experience discrimination, such as refugees and migrants; indigenous peoples; lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex (LGBTI) persons; and prisoners.

HOPE for those who have made is a previous suicide attempt

Music Video:  Hope Beyond All Hope

(2min 59 sec.)

A Christmas hymn. Images of nature and children playing.. hope imagery…

Artist: Travis Reed (The Work of the People) subscription required

Music by www.alanalevandoski.com.

“Tomorrows children seek our hearts

will they know who they really are. 

the centre of a thousand stars

and the breathers of the breath of God 

Our Hope beyond all hope did come

to call us each and everyone

to the surface of our consciousness

God dwells within and always has.”

Alternative video with no text:http://www.theworkofthepeople.com/hope-beyond-all-hope-loop

Advent 2 : Peace/ Bethlehem Candle

On the second Sunday of Advent, the second purple candle is lit. This candle typically represents peace. Some traditions call this the “Bethlehem Candle,” symbolizing Christ’s manger:

As we light the candle of PEACE we seek to join with the Global Campaign to End Violence Against Children and to shine light into the darkness of…

Child Labour 

We pray PEACE for the estimated 168 million child labourers worldwide with over half of these (85 million children) involved in hazardous work. ILO 2013, Global Child Labour Estimates 

Music Video / Visual Liturgy : Shine Your Light Psalm 85

(5 min 56 sec.)

Download from : http://www.theworkofthepeople.com/shine-your-light (subscription required)

Artist: Travis Reed

Background Music by The Robbie Seay Band. http://www.robbieseayband.com.

Visual images of developed and developing world, including pictures of children labouring, collecting and carrying water.  A woman speaks of children dying from cholera at end of video.  Text from Psalm 85

Refrain of background lyrics “If you feel lost and tired, sing along”

Music Video/ Visual Liturgy: What Would Jesus Buy

Artist Travis Reed (The Work of the People) subscription required

Music by The Cobalt Season. www.thecobaltseason.com.

Images of children labouring, collecting water.

Music Lyric: ‘Everything’

1 child dies every 15 seconds because they lack access to clean water. On Christmas eve 40,000 men, women, and children will likely die from diseases they received from polluted drinking water.




or alternatively…



“This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” (Luke 2:12, NIV)

As we light the BETHLEHEM candle we seek to join with the Global Campaign to End Violence Against Children and to shine light upon the violence experienced by of children in the birthplace of Jesus or in other parts of the world.  (also see Syria Hopes and Dreams images below)

‘Open Bethlehem’ Movie Trailer (2 minutes)  Shows images of childhood and contemporary conflict in Bethlehem.

Open Bethlehem follows the extraordinary journey of Lelia Sansour to the legendary city of Bethlehem, the place where she grew up. This film is an emotional journey of one woman in a struggle to save her hometown. It takes viewers deep into the world of Bethlehem and paints a portrait of the city as it has never been seen before. Leila is a Palestinian director and founder and spokesperson of Open Bethlehem, an organization that works to bring international commitment to the resolution of the Israeli/Palestinian question using Bethlehem as a gateway into the situation.

From the Heart of Bethlehem An Advent prayer for Bethlehem by Rev. Garth Hewitt founder of Amos Trust

O Little Town of Bethlehem  Two sets of alternative contemporary lyrics for the traditional hymn by Don Hinchey and Wendy Ross Barker that focus on the contemporary political situation,  violence and children.

Advent 3 : Joy/ Shepherds Candle

On the third Sunday of Advent the pink, or rose-colored candle is lit. This pink candle is customarily called the “Shepherds Candle,” and it represents joy:

And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. (Luke 2:8–11, NIV)

As we light the candle of JOY we seek to join with the Global Campaign to End Violence Against Children and to shine light into the darkness of…


We pray JOY for more than 1 in 3 students between the ages of 13 and 15 worldwide are regularly bullied in school.  UNICEF 2014, Hidden in plain sight  In the words of the Psalmist of today’s Psalm.  “May they that sow in tears reap in JOY.”

Music Video/ Visual Liturgy : Joy

Imagery of women and children collecting water. Lyrics: ‘I’ve got that Joy, Joy, Joy”;  “It is Well with my Soul”

Artist Travis Reed (The Work of the People) subscription required

Music by PAGE CXVI. www.pagecxvi.com


Psalm 126: Men who Dream

Artists: Sons of Korah  Album: Redemption Songs, Wording Artists, 2000 (3 min 15 sec.)

Advent 4 : Love/ Angels Candle

The fourth and last purple candle, often called the “Angels Candle,” represents love and is lit on the fourth Sunday of Advent.

Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.” (Luke 2:13–14, NIV)

As we light the candle of LOVE we seek to join with the Global Campaign to End Violence Against Children and to shine light into the darkness of…Sexual Violence

We pray  a for the 1 in 10 girls in our world who have been subjected to forced sexual acts before age 20. In a few countries where data is available, boys also report experiences of sexual violence, but in much smaller proportion than girls. UNICEF 2014, Hidden in plain sight 

Music Video : Nothing is Impossible

Luke 1 and Imagery of Woman labouring

Artist: Travis Reed (The Work of the People) subscription required

Christmas Eve/Day: Christ Candle

On Christmas Eve, the white center candle is lit. This candle is called the “Christ Candle” and represents the life of Christ that has come into the world.

As we light the CHRIST candle we seek to join with the Global Campaign to End Violence Against Children and to shine light into the darkness ofChild Trafficking 

We pray for children who make up more than a quarter (28%) of all detected trafficking victims. UNODC 2016   of which 71 per cent are female.   We pray for girls trafficked for marriages and sexual slavery and prostitution; men and boys exploited for forced labour in the mining sector, as porters, soldiers and slaves.

Music Video/ Visual Liturgy : Make Room: An Advent Reflection

Artist: Travis Reed (The Work of the People) subscription required

An Advent invitation to make room. Music by Alana Levandoski.  Poem by Kelly Ann Hall. Many of the images by Steve Pavey.

Lyrics: “Behold I make All things new. Let there be light. 

God unseen is taking form. Let there be light.

First and last is searching for. Let there be light.”