The fourth candle is often called the angel candle. It represents the messengers who announced the birth of the Messiah. What do you think of when you think of angels?
For most of us we probably think of the illustrations we have seen in art and in the movies. You might be thinking of Clarence in “It’s A Wonderful Life” or maybe chubby little cherubs with curly hair and stubby wings. Often people think of friends or loved ones, especially children, who have died. At a child’s funeral you sometimes hear a grieving parent say God called one of His angels home. It is interesting that those sorts of angelic figures exist in our culture. They are not the angels of Scripture.