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Whose wick is that?

I have, for some years now, and on your suggestion, been wishing people a 'Holy Advent' (well, I have done so to the people I think will understand). This seems to cause about as much confusion as 'Happy New Year' would do. This because Advent, full of waiting and expectation, is glorious and has some wonderful music. We are to have 'Hills of the North' on Sunday and I cherish this one because it has a rhythm like a thurible in motion.

One thing I would like to put to your readers in the hope of an answer: The same minister, who used to build up his olive-wood nativity, would assign people to the candles. I have tried and tried to remember how this went, and can only remember that the candle on Gaudete Sunday was for Mary. I have a notion one was for John and another Elizabeth, but those I wouldn't swear to.

Can anyone tell me which candles are ascribed to which people?

Claire Steep
All Saints'
St Andrews, Fife
5 December 2013

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