Blessing of the Advent Wreath
Gather around the Advent Wreath before the evening meal on Saturday and make the sign of the cross.
Parent: The Lord of Light has come to save us.
All: Let us live in God’s light.
Parent: Let us pray.
God, our Father in heaven, by your word all things are made holy. Send forth your blessing upon this Advent wreath, and grant that we who use it may prepare our hearts and minds well for the coming of your Son Jesus. May we receive from you many blessings and graces for our family. We ask these things in the name of the same Christ, your Son, our Lord and Brother.
Say the prayer of the week. Then light the candle.
Parent: O Lord, stir up your might and come! Be our protector and liberator; rescue us from the dangers that threaten us because of our sins, and lead us to our salvation.
The first purple candle is lit.
Parent: Lord, stir up our hearts to prepare the way of your only-begotten Son so that through his coming on earth we may serve you always with a pure intention. You live and reign forever and ever.
Two purple candles are lit.
Parent: Hear our prayers, Lord, and enlighten the darkness of our minds by your coming on earth. You live and reign forever and ever.
Two purple candles and the one pink candle are lit.
Parent: Lord, stir up your might and come! Aid us with powerful assistance so that through your grace and merciful forgiveness we may attain salvation, which now is hindered by our sins. You live and reign for ever and ever.
All four candles are lit.