Saturday, November 26, 2016

Advent Evenings by Candlelight


I get so excited about Advent for many reasons, but one of my favorites things is the sweet and peaceful moments with my children around the Advent Wreath. There is something about candlelight in the darkness that quiets the soul. This is what we do each evening to celebrate Advent. This is part of our after dinner routine, usually already cleaned and in pjs, but you could easily do it as part of your family dinner too with the lights dimmed. 

Sign of the Cross
Light the Advent candle(s) as we sing
"Light One Candle"
(lyrics below)
Say this Advent prayer
(below)
Sing a Christmas song
Sign of the Cross
Hang up the Jesse Tree ornament
Open Advent chocolate calendar window and eat a piece of chocolate

Light One Candle
(each week of Advent add one more verse)

1. Light one candle for hope One bright candle for hope 
He brings hope to every heart He comes! He comes!

2. Light one candle for love One bright candle for love 
He brings love to every heart He comes! He comes!

3. Light one candle for joy One bright candle for joy 
He brings joy to every heart He comes! He comes!

4. Light one candle for peace One bright candle for peace 
He brings peace to every heart He comes!
He comes!

Advent Wreath Prayer

How dark outside!
but see -- a star's in the sky;
Mary and Joseph are passing by.
So let's light a candle to welcome them
as they go on their way to Bethlehem. 
We'll light a candle in church each day,
We'll light one candle each week and pray. 
We'll light a candle at home each day,
We'll light a candle each week and pray. 

O God,
as light comes from this candle,
may the blessing of Jesus Christ come to us,
warming our hearts and
brightening our way.
May Christ our Savior bring life
into the darkness of this world,
and to us, as we wait for his coming.




Blessings to you and your family this Advent.

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