Advent and Anticipation

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  1. cmashoc Says:

    Traditionally, the wreath is made of four candles in a circle of evergreens. Three candles are violet and the fourth is rose, but four white candles or four violet candles can also be used. 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. A short prayer may accompany the lighting.

    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,
    rejoicing,
    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.

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