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The Advent Wreath

December 5, 2017

One of the best-known customs for the season is the Advent wreath. The wreath and winter candle-lighting in the midst of growing darkness strengthen some of the Advent images found in the Bible. The unbroken circle of greens in clearly an image of everlasting life, a victory wreath, the crown of Christ, or the wheel of time itself. Christians use the wreath as a sign that Christ reaches into our time to lead us to the light of everlasting life. The four candles mark the progress of the four weeks of Advent and the growth of light. Sometimes the wreath is embellished with natural dried flowers or fruit. Its evergreen branches lead the household and congregation to the evergreen Christmas Tree. In many homes, the family gathers for prayer around the wreath.

 

An Evening Service of Light for Advent - These brief devotions may be used on any evening during the season of Advent. If the household has an Advent wreath (one candle for each of the four weeks of Advent), it may be lighted during this time. Alternatively, one simple candle (perhaps a votive candle) may be lighted instead.

 

Lighting the Advent Wreath

May this candle/these candles be a sign of the coming light of Christ.

 

Blessing for Week One

Use this blessing when lighting the first candle.

 

Blessed are you, O Lord our God, ruler of the universe.

You call all nations to walk in your light and to seek your ways of justice and peace,

for the night is past, and the dawn of your coming is near.

Bless us as we light the first candle of this wreath.

Rouse us from sleep,

that we may be ready to greet our Lord when he comes

and welcome him into our hearts and homes,

for he is our light and our salvation.

Blessed be God forever.

Amen.

 

Scripture Reading for Week One: Mark 13:24-37, Psalm 79: 8-10, Revelation 18:1-10, Micah 5:1-5a, Psalm 85:1-2, 8-13, Jeremiah 1:4-10, Ezekiel 36:24-28

 

Blessing for Week Two

Use this blessing when lighting the first two candles.

 

Blessed are you, O Lord our God, ruler of the universe.

John the Baptist calls all people to prepare the Lord's way

for the kingdom of heaven is near.

Bless us as we light the candles on this wreath.

Baptize us with the fire of your Spirit, that we may be a light shining in the darkness

welcoming others as Christ has welcomed us,

for he is out light and our salvation.

Blessed be God forever.

Amen.

 

Scripture Reading for Week Two: Mark 1:1-8, Psalm 27, Isaiah 4:2-6, Luke 5-17, Psalm 126, Philippians 3:12-16, Habakkuk 3:13-19

 

Blessing for Week Three

Use this blessing when lighting the first three candles.

 

Blessed are you, O Lord our God, ruler of the universe.

Your prophets spoke of a day when the desert would blossom

and waters would break forth in the wilderness.

Bless us as we light the candles on this wreath.

Strengthen our hearts

as we prepare for the coming of the Lord.

May he give water to all who thirst,

for he is our light and our salvation.

Blessed be God forever.

Amen.

 

Scripture Reading for Week Three: John 1:6-8, 19-18, Psalm 125, Acts 3: 17-4:4, Mark 9:9-13, Psalm 89:1-4, 19-26, Hebrews 1:5-14, John 7:40-52

 

Blessing for Week Four

Use this blessing when lighting all four candles.

 

Blessed are you, O Lord our God, ruler of the universe.

In your Son, Emmanuel,

you have show us your light

and saved us from the power of sin.

Bless us as we light the candles on this wreath.

Increase our longing for your presence, that at the celebration of your Son's birth

his Spirit might dwell anew in our midst,

for his our light and our salvation.

Blessed be God forever.

Amen

 

Scripture Reading for Week Four: Luke 1:26-38

 

Adapted from Bread for the Day 2017

 

About LCR: Lutheran Church of the Resurrection is a vibrant and welcoming community of faith and a congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

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