Saturday, November 21, 2009

Advent Wreath Ceremony

In my first post I gave you a recipe for a Bread Dough Advent Wreath. The second post discussed scheduling of activities during Advent, e.g., the wreath. Today I am giving you Advent Prayers that you can pray as your wreath is blessed and as you light a new candle for each Sunday of Advent. There are many different Advent ceremony prayers. This prayer is one our family has prayed for many years.
CEREMONY
(Holy Water recommended- available at most Catholic Churches)
Prayers for Week One
Blessing of the Wreath
Leader: O God, through your word all things are made holy. Pour down your blessings on this wreath. Give those of us who use this wreath hearts prepared to receive Jesus. May we receive every grace and blessing through Christ, Our Lord, Amen (Leader sprinkles holy water on the wreath.)
First Candle is Lit
Leader: O, Powerful God, increase our strength of will for doing good. May Christ find us eager to welcome Him at His coming and call us to His side in the Kingdom of Heaven where He lives with You and the Holy Spirit. Amen
Prayer for Week Two
Second Candle is Lit
Leader: God of power and mercy, open our hearts and remove those things tht prevent us from receiving Jesus with joy. May we share in Jesus’ wisdom and become one with Him when He comes in glory. We ask this through Jesus, our Lord, who is with You and the Holy Spirit One God, now and forever. Amen
Prayer for Week Three
Third Candle is Lit
Leader: Lord God, may we your family experience the joy of salvation and celebrate the feast of Jesus’ birth with love and thanksgiving. We make this prayer through Jesus Christ, Our Lord. Amen
Prayer for Week Four
Fourth Candle is Lit
Leader: Dear Lord, fill our hearts with your life. The angel Gabriel revealed to Mary the coming of Your Son as one of us. May we open our hearts wide by acts of charity in order to receive the Christ child joyfully on Christmas day.


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