Advent Wreath Blessing

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BLESSING OF YOUR HOME’S ADVENT WREATH

One of the strongest symbols of Advent is an evergreen wreath holding four candles, three purple/blue, and one pink for the third Sunday of Advent. The use of candles during the darkest and coldest days of the year is an ancient custom adopted in the sixth century by European Christians. The Jewish people have a similar tradition. Even as we light candles, they will be lighting the candles on their menorahs in celebration of Hanukkah.

 

+Begin with the Sign of the Cross together.

Leader: Echo after me. “Come, Lord Jesus!” (all echo)

“Come quickly!” (all echo)

 

Leader: It is wintertime, when days are short and nights are long. We need the light, the warmth, and joy of Christ. Bless this wreath as a sign to us of Jesus our Light. The circle of the wreath is a sign of God’s loving care for us, which has no ending. The evergreen branches are a sign of the faithfulness of God, which is always alive and fresh. The light of these candles will remind us of the coming of Christ at Christmas, who is the Light of the World.

(Light the 1st candle.)

 

Lord God, your son Jesus is Emmanuel, the hope of all peoples. He is the wisdom that teaches and guides us. He is the Savior of every nation. By the light of this Advent wreath we shall wait in patience for your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ. His coming comforts our fears and brings hope to our waiting world and helps us spread the Light of Christ to all we meet.

 

Leader: “Come, Lord Jesus!” (all echo)

“Come quickly!” (all echo)

 

End with the + Sign of the Cross together.