Light a Candle (Tenn Lys)

Light a candle! One candle will burn for this little earth
The shiny star in heaven, where we all share a home.
May all find hope, so good things can happen,
May earth and heaven meet. A candle is lit for that.

Light a candle! Two candles will shine for love and faith,
For those who show compassion and always seek to reconcile.
May prisoners have their freedom and refugees a home.
Light a candle for those who are crying and those who comfort them.

Light a candle! Three candles will shine for all those who have to fight
For justice and for freedom, for they need our support.
May no one lose their hope until all people can live as one.
Light a candle for those who fight for freedom and for their human rights.

Light a candle! Four candles are shining for Him
who loves all that lives, every lion and every lamb.
Light a candle for the heavenly king
the shepherds saw on the holy night.
Now heaven and earth will be one
in this heavenly child asleep on a bed of hay and straw.

* This is the Norwegian Advent prayer song written by Eyvind Skeie and here translated to English by yours truly 😊😊

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Advent

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Advent is a tradition we treasure in all of Scandinavia. It is the four weeks of waiting for Christmas. Each Sunday of Advent (4 Sundays) we light a candle, and each candle represents a prayer. We have one poem in particular, written by a very beloved Norwegian poet named Inger Hagerup, that all kids and adults alike in Norway knows by heart. We say one verse each Sunday as we light the candle.

I have translated the poem for you to English as there weren’t really translations available. So here it is:

Advent
By Inger Hagerup

We light the first candle tonight
And we light it for joy.
It stands alone
Shining bright for all of us to see
We light the first candle tonight
And we light it for joy.

We light the second candle tonight
And we light it for hope.
Two candles are burning brightly tonight
Two candles for hope and joy.
We light the second candle tonight
And we light it for hope.

We light the third candle tonight
And we light it for our longing.
Three candles are burning brightly tonight
Three candles for hope, joy and for longing.
We light the third candle tonight
And we light it for our longing.

We light all the four candles tonight,
And we let them burn for hope, joy, longing and peace,
But most of all for peace,
Peace to earth and to all mankind.
We light all the four candles tonight,
And we watch them burn down,
For hope, joy, longing and peace.

Beautiful art by: Lisi Martin