Advent Resources

A Rite for the Beginning of Advent at Home

The first day the wreath is in the home, the leader may say:
As our nights grow longer and our days grow short,
we look on these earthly signs--light and green branches--
and remember God's promise to our world:
Christ, our Light and our Hope, will come.
Listen to the words of Isaiah the prophet:
        The people that walked in darkness
        have seen a great light;
        on those who lived in a land as dark as death
        a light has dawned.
        You have increased their joy
        and given them gladness;
        They rejoice in your presence
        as those who rejoice at harvest,
        as warriors exult when dividing spoil. Is. 9:1-2

Then all pray:
        O God,
        we remember the promise of your Son.
        As the light from this candle,
        may the blessing of Christ come upon us,
        brightening our way
        and guiding us by his truth.
        May Christ our Savior bring life
        into the darkness of our world,
        and to us, as we wait for his coming.
        We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen
Then the first candle is lighted.

Each day at home, the candles are lighted, perhaps before the evening meal -- one candle the first week, and then another each succeeding week until December 25th. The rose candle is usually lighted on the third Sunday of Advent. As the candles are lighted, a prayer may be said.

Daily Prayers for Lighting the Advent Wreath

First Week

O Lord, stir up Thy might, we beg Thee, and come that by Thy protection we may deserve to be rescued from the threatening dangers of our sins and saved by Thy deliverance. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Second Week

O Lord, stir up our hearts that we may prepare for Thy only begotten Son that through His coming we may be made worthy to serve Thee with pure minds through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Third Week

O Lord, we beg Thee incline Thy ear to our prayers and enlighten the darkness of our minds by the grace of Thy visitation. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Fourth Week

O Lord, stir up Thy power, we pray Thee, and come; and with great might help us, that with the help of Thy Grace, Thy merciful forgiveness may hasten what our sins impede. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

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Archdiocese of Chicago: 2013 Resources for the ADVENT and CHRISTMAS Seasons