The Advent Wreath 2017

Advent Wreath

During our Sunday morning Parish Communion service in Advent we are lighting candles in our Advent Wreath.

Each week the Celebrant blesses the wreath with this short prayer:

O God, by whose word all things are sanctified, pour forth thy blessing upon this wreath and grant that we who use it may prepare our hearts for the Coming of Christ, and may receive from thee abundant grace. Through Christ Our Lord. Amen.

 

Then the Churchwarden gives a short reading, explaining the symbolism of the week’s specific candle and those which are already lit.

ADVENT 1 – Abraham and Sarah

We light this candle to remember Abraham and Sarah and all the faithful people of long ago. These people listened to God and trusted God. They went on a journey to obey God. We, also, are on a journey of faith: to know God better.

Everyone joins in a refrain:

Lord Jesus Christ, light of the world, be with us on our journey through Advent, that we may know you better. Amen

 ADVENT 2 – The Prophets

We lit the first candle to remember Abraham and Sarah, and all the faithful people of long ago. Today we light the second candle to remember Isaiah and Jeremiah and all the prophets of long ago. These people listened to God and gave God’s message to their neighbours and friends. They helped people understand what God is like, and they shared God’s promises for the future. We also watch and listen for God’s voice in our lives.

Lord Jesus Christ, light of the world, be with us on our journey through Advent, that we may know you better. Amen

ADVENT 3 – John the Baptist

We lit the first candle to remember Abraham and Sarah and all the faithful people of long ago. We lit the second candle to remember Isaiah and Jeremiah and all the prophets of long ago. Today, we light the third candle to remember John the Baptist. John helped the people to have a new start with God. He baptised them in the river Jordan. John helped them to realise that they should follow Jesus. We, too, are followers of Jesus; looking for the signs of His coming.

Lord Jesus Christ, light of the world, be with us on our journey through Advent, that we may know you better. Amen

ADVENT 4 – Mary

We lit the first candle to remember Abraham and Sarah and all the faithful people of long ago. We lit the second candle to remember Isaiah and Jeremiah and all the prophets of long ago. We lit the third candle to remember John the Baptist. Today, we light the fourth candle to remember Mary, the mother of Jesus. When Mary was asked to be the mother of Jesus, she said, ‘Yes.’ When God asks us to do something, may we be ready to say ‘Yes’.

Lord Jesus Christ, light of the world, be with us on our journey through Advent, that we may know you better. Amen

CHRISTMAS DAY – The coming of Jesus

We lit these four candles through Advent to remember: Abraham and Sarah, Isaiah and Jeremiah, John the Baptist and Mary. All these people lived out their faith so that God’s Will would be done on earth. Today, we light the candle of Christmas to welcome Jesus. Jesus is born, alleluia! He is the light of the world.

Lord Jesus Christ, light of the world, we welcome you. Shine on us and help us to reflect your light. Amen