Saturday, November 28, 2009

Advent Wreath

This is our Advent Wreath and Immaculate Conception candle (a little oops...notice the bowing of the candles, I bought an extra set last year and stored it in the Christmas bins in the attic, well the Summer heat must have bent them at some point because now they are all a little crooked.)I love these prayers I saw on Jessica's blog last year to say as you light your Advent Wreath candles each night. We will light the Advent Wreath and say the appropriate prayer below each night of Advent following our Jesse Tree readings and ornament hanging. Then we will let each child open a window on their Advent calendar and get a piece of chocolate.

The First Week
Bestir, O Lord, Thy might, we pray Thee and come; That, defended by Thee, we may deserve rescue from approaching dangers brought on by our sins, and being set free by Thee, obtain our salvation. Who livest and reignest, with God the Father, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, world without end. Amen.
The Second Week
Stir up our hearts, O Lord, to prepare the ways of Thine only-begotten Son, that through His coming we may be worthy to serve Thee with purified minds. Who livest and reignest, with God the Father, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, world without end. Amen.
The Third Week
Incline Thine ear to our prayers, O Lord, we beseech Thee; and make bright the darkness of our minds by the grace of Thy visitation. Who livest and reignest, with God the Father, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, world without end. Amen.
The Fourth Week
Bestir, O Lord, Thy might, we beseech Thee, and come; and with great power come to our aid, that, by the help of Thy grace, that sins may be hastened by Thy merciful forgiveness. Who livest and reignest, with God the Father, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, world without end. Amen.

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