Advent Wreath lighting prayers

Advent Wreath lighting prayers

 Advent Wreath lighting prayers

Advent Wreath Prayers

[On the Saturday before the First Sunday of Advent, the family gathers around the  wreath decorated with greens. One candle should be lit.]  

Leader: We gather around our wreath to begin the celebration of Advent. Let us  ask our Father in heaven to fill our hearts with grace.  

Silent pause for prayer  


Heavenly Father, we look forward to the celebration of Christmas and to  the coming of the Lord in glory. Bless this Advent wreath and all of us. As we pray daily around it, fill us with your life and strengthen us for our daily  tasks. We ask this through Christ our Lord.  

All: Amen.


First Week of Advent [One candle is lit.]

Leader: Heavenly Father, as we begin this Advent, give light to our eyes and peace  to our hearts. May the Lord find us watching and waiting in joy when He  comes. We pray in Jesus' name.  

All: Amen.


The Second Week of Advent [Two candles are lit.] 

 Leader: Father in heaven, set our hearts ablaze to follow in the steps of John the  Baptist. May we bring light and love to all we meet, that the darkness of  sin and fear may be overcome. In Christ's name we ask this.  

All: Amen.


The Third Week of Advent [Three candles are lit.] 

Leader: As we draw near to you, Lord God, keep us aware of your presence in all  we do. Come with power to enlighten us by your grace, that we may live in  praise and peace all our days. We ask this through Christ our Lord.  

All: Amen.


Special Days of Preparation [Traditionally, the days from December 17 to the day before Christmas have as their  focus the titles of Jesus. On these days, a special Scripture passage may be read to  recall these titles. Three candles are used until the Fourth Sunday of Advent, when all  four candles are lit.]  

December 17  Jesus, the Wisdom of God  1 Cor 1:26-31 Leader: Come, O Wisdom of God Most High, and fill our hearts with your word of  truth.  

All: Come Lord Jesus!  


December 18  Jesus, the new Lawgiver  Mt 17:1-8 

Leader: Come, O Giver of the Law, that we may be strengthened by your mighty  power.  

All: Come Lord Jesus!  


December 19  Jesus, the Flower of Jesse  Rom 15:7-13 Leader: Come, O Flower of Jesse's Root, that we may be made fruitful witnesses of  your love.  

All: Come Lord Jesus!  


December 20  Jesus, the Key of David  Rev 3:7-8 

Leader: Come, O Key of David, to unlock the darkness of sin and free us by your  grace.  

All: Come Lord Jesus!  


December 21  Jesus, the Radiant Dawn  Is 9:1-6 

Leader: Come, O Radiant Dawn, sun of justice, and fill us with Your saving light. 

All: Come Lord Jesus!  


December 22  Jesus, the King of the Nations  Rev 19:11-16 

Leader: Come, O King of the Nations, and bind us all together in the unity and  peace we seek.  

All: Come Lord Jesus!  


December 23  Jesus, Emmanuel  Mt 1:18-23 

Leader: Come, O Emmanuel, presence of God among us, and fill our hearts with  every good gift.  

All: Come Lord Jesus!  


December 24  [On Christmas Eve, the wreath can be renewed with new greenery and the candles  replaced with new white tapers for use during the Christmas season.]  

Leader: Lord Jesus, we approach that holy moment when Your coming as man is  renewed in our hearts. Give us peace and allow us to celebrate Your  presence with joy, that we may some day share Your glory. We ask this of  You, who live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, as One God,  now and forever.  

All: Amen.


The Christmas Season  [From Christmas Day until the Baptism of the Lord, the following prayer can be used  with the wreath.]  

Leader: Father in heaven, you so loved us that You sent Your Son, among us as  Savior and Lord. Fill us with Your blessing, that we may grow in love and  continue to live our Christian faith. We ask this through Christ our Lord.  

All: Amen.