The following blessing of the Advent wreath is taken from the Catholic Handbook of Prayers. Gather your household to pray this blessing together before the first candle is lighted on the first Sunday of Advent (this year November 27, 2016).
All make the Sign of the Cross. The leader begins:
Our help is in the name of the Lord.
Who made heaven and earth.
The leader may use these or similar words to introduce the blessing:
In the short days and long nights of Advent, we realize how we are always needing salvation by our God. Around this wreath, we shall remember God’s promise.
Then the scripture is read:
Listen to the words of the prophet Isaiah:
The people who walked in darkness
have seen a great light. (9:1-2)
The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; upon those who dwelt in the land of gloom, a light has shone. You have brought them abundant joy and great rejoicing.
The reader concludes:
The Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.
After a time of silence, all join in prayers of intercession (interject your own special intentions) and in the Lord’s Prayer:
Who art in heaven,
hallowed be Thy name;
Thy kingdom come;
Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread;
and forgive us our trespasses
as we forgive those who trespass against us;
and lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil. Amen.
Then the leader invites:
Let us now pray for God’s blessing upon us and upon this wreath.
After a short silence, the leader prays:
Lord our God,
we praise you for your Son, Jesus Christ:
he is Emmanuel, the hope of the peoples,
he is the wisdom that teaches and guides us,
he is the Savior of every nation.
let your blessing come upon us
as we light the candles of this wreath.
May the wreath and its light
be a sign of Christ’s promise to bring us salvation;
may he come quickly and not delay.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
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