Sunday, November 29, 2009

Advent Wreath Prayer

Welcome to Advent, that wonderful time of waiting for our Lord and Savior to be born. Below is a prayer for Advent, specifically the Advent wreath, which consists of three purple candle and one pink, each lit on a Sunday of Advent and good for the whole week. All my Sunday School Kindergarten students will hear me saying "purple, purple, pink, purple" for their remaining classes before Christmas = It's a Mr. Miller thing. :)



The following are the Advent wreath prayers that change every week. They are prayed at the lighting of each candle every day during Advent.

Week One:

The first candle is lit, and the
prayer for the first week is said.

Priest:

Let us pray.
Stir up Thy might, we beg Thee, O Lord,
and come, so that we may escape through Thy protection
and be saved by Thy help from the dangers
that threaten us because of our sins.
Who livest and reignest for ever and ever.

All: Amen.

During the first week one candle is left burning during the evening meal, at
prayersor at bedtime.

Week Two:

Two
candles are lit on the second Sunday and allowed to burn as before. Theprayer for the week is:

Priest:

Let us pray.
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 souls.
Through the same
Christ our Lord.

All: Amen.

Week Three:

Three candles, including the rose candle, are lit on Gaudete, the third Sunday, and during that week. The following
prayer is said:

Priest:

Let us pray.
We humbly beg Thee, O Lord,
to listen to our prayers;
and by the
grace of Thy coming
bring light into our darkened minds.
Who livest and reignest for ever and ever.

All: Amen.

Week Four:

All four
candles are lit on the fourth Sunday and allowed to burn as before. Theprayer said the fourth week is:

Priest:

Let us pray.
Stir up Thy might, we pray Thee, O Lord, and come;
rescue us through Thy great
strength so that salvation,
which has been hindered by our sins,
may be hastened by the
grace of Thy gentle mercy.
Who livest and reignest for ever and ever.

All: Amen.


See how I did that?