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Christmas Advent Wreath

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Christmas Advent Wreath

In preparation for Advent, Father Randy Mattox explains how we can celebrate Jesus' birth at Christmas time with his Advent Wreath.
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Blessing the Advent Wreath at Home

 

All make the sign of the cross as the leader says:

 

Our help is in the name of the Lord.
(R/.) Who made heaven and earth.

 

Then the Scripture, Isaiah 9: (lines 1-2 and 5-6) or Isaiah 63 (lines 16-17 & 19) or Isaiah 64 (lines 2-7) is read:

 

Reader: The Word of the Lord.
R/. Thanks be to God.

 

With hands joined, the leader says:

 

Lord our God, we praise you for your Son, Jesus Christ:
he is Emmanuel, the hope of the peoples,
he is the wisdom that teaches and guides us,
he is the Savior of every nation.

Lord God, let your blessing come upon us as we light the candles of this wreath.
May the wreath and its light be a sign of Christ’s promise to bring us salvation.

May he come quickly and not delay. We ask this through Christ our Lord.

R/. Amen.

 

The blessing may conclude with a verse from “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel”

 

O come, desire of nations, bind in one the hearts of humankind; bid ev’ry sad division cease and be thyself our Prince of peace. Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.

 

Prayer taken from the Catholic Household Blessings & Prayers

 

 

 

Prayers for Advent Candle Lighting

 

First Week
All-powerful God, increase our strength of will for doing good that Christ may find an eager welcome at his coming and call us to his side in the kingdom of heaven, where he lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit one God, forever and ever. ~AMEN.

 

Second Week
God of power and mercy open our hearts in welcome. Remove the things that hinder us from receiving Christ with joy so that we may share his wisdom and become one with him when he comes in glory, for he lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. ~AMEN.

 

Third Week
Lord God, may we, your people, who look forward to the birthday of Christ experience the joy of salvation and celebrate that feast with love and thanksgiving. We ask this through Christ our
Lord. ~AMEN.

 

Fourth Week
Father, all-powerful God, your eternal Word took flesh on our earth when the Virgin Mary placed her life at the service of your plan. Lift our minds in watchful hope to hear the voice which announces his glory and open our minds to receive the Spirit who prepares us for his coming. We ask this through Christ our
Lord. ~AMEN.

 

Prayers taken from A Prayer Book of Catholic Devotions

 

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T G Theresa Glover

thank you!

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C R Colleen Rowell

As a practicing Catholic, I'm thrilled for this resource. Thank you.

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T G Theresa Glover

thank you Father!

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C M Carolyn Meeks

What I like about this is it reminds me of my child hood as an Episcopalian. I miss those traditions. I go to an non-denominational Christian church, but thanks for these great reminders.

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M M Maureen Martin

I am so glad to see this! I am so enjoying your posts! On th first Sunday of Advent, our parishes host a big Advent wreath making event for our faith formation families. This is always popular and well attended, and families leave with a lovely Advent wreath they can enjoy all through Advent. Then, taking a tradition from the Vatican, on the Third Sunday of Advent, we are having Bambinelli Sunday, where everyone will be invited to bring the Baby Jesus from their home nativity sets and our pastor will bless them. Advent is so rich with traditions and customs.!

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