Friday, November 26, 2010

Advent Wreath Prayers

Our Advent Wreath tradition is to turn the light off and light the candle(s) on the wreath and then say the Advent prayer for that week. Then we sing a Christmas song of the children's choice. Then one child gets to blow out the candle. Aren't these candles beautiful (and they smell wonderful too). I admired them here last year and just had to give the Mount Angel Abbey bookstore a call this year to get some. They are handmade by a monk and the Abbey bookstore was kind enough to have one of the monks bless them for me before they mailed them to me.
Our evenings in Advent begin after dinner with the Jesse Tree reading and ornament, followed by the lighting of the Advent Wreath and prayer and Christmas song, and then the children get to open their chocolate Advent calendars as a final treat each evening.
Here are some Advent Wreath prayers to choose from:
I particularly like this set of prayers from St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, but here are some other prayers for the Advent Wreath: more traditional shorter (look under the alternate prayer for each week for the shorter version) longer and more modern On the First Sunday of Advent, the head of the household can say this blessing of the Advent Wreath 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 graces. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

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