from our archives, originally posted in 2006 .
Note – 23 Nov 2014: Please note the embedded links may not yet work. I need to update them all, but I’m traveling with little internet access for the coming week, and I wanted to at least get this online as a resource since Advent begins next Sunday.
The following are some general prayers. I will be posting specific prayers for each week of Advent every Sunday.
Update: the Advent Week 1 candle lighting prayers are here.
Two prayers for Blessing the Advent Wreath
Blessing for the Advent Wreath (by laypeople):
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.
Blessing of the Advent Wreath (by priests)
Priest: Blessed are you, O Lord our God, king of the universe.
You sent your Son to be the Light of the world
and to spread his light of love to all.
Bless us and accept + these wreaths of light made from our hands.
May their ever increasing brightness be a sign to us
of the approaching nearness of your Son,
that we might prepare in joy for his humble birth in a manger
and be ready to receive him at his coming again in glory;
through the same Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns
with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
(From Celebrating Advent and Christmas: A Sourcebook for Families.)
© 2001 by Women for Faith and Family, http://wf-f.org
(I found it at: churchyear.net)
Various General prayers I’ve found for Advent Wreath candle lighting
(I will be posting specific prayers for each week of Advent separately, beginning tomorrow)
Lord, our God, we praise you for your Son, Jesus Christ: He is Emmanuel, the hope of all people, he is the wisdom that teaches and guides us, he is the Savior of every nation. Lord God, let your blessing come upon us as we light the candles of this Advent wreath. May the wreath and its light be a sign of Christ’s promise to bring us salvation.
We ask this through Christ, our Lord. Amen.
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.
Here are some of the best resources I’ve found with background about Advent wreaths and their symbolism, as well as prayers for lighting the wreath
They offer a breakdown of what each candle has often been considered to symbolize:
Certain candles have been given various names. Some systems name the candle thusly:
1. Hope (purple)
2. Peace (purple)
3. Joy (rose; the corresponding Sunday is “Gaudete Sunday”)
4. Love (purple)
5. Christ (white)
Alternately others define it like this:
3. John the Baptist
4. Mary the mother of Jesus.
5. Christ the light of the world
And they have excellent prayers for each week of Advent, with accompanying Scripture verses. I’ll be posting those weekly prayers, along with others each Sunday.