Make the Sign of the Cross
Light the Appropriate Number of Candles
In the FIRST Week of Advent, light one purple candle.
In the SECOND week of Advent, light two purple candles.
In the THIRD Week of Advent, light two purple and one rose candle.
In the FOURTH Week of Advent, light all four candles.
Many families have adopted the following custom:
The youngest child lights the candle in the first week. The oldest child lights the candle in the second week. The mother lights the candles in the third week. The father lights the candles in the fourth week.