advent 11/27/2016 ... in the wreath there are four candles, three purple and one pink, each lit on a Sunday before Christmas. The purple candles, that are lit on weeks one, two and four, symbolize hope, peace and love. The pink candle, lit on week three, symbolizes joy. To prepare for the coming of Christmas we ponder on and pray for hope, peace, joy and love! Some add a 5th candle to light on Christmas day.