Week 1: First Sunday of Advent
for the Advent Wreath
Lord, our God, we praise You for Your Son, Jesus Christ, for He is Emmanuel, the Hope
of all people.
He is the Wisdom that teaches and guides us.
He is the Savior of us all.
let your blessing come upon us as we light the first (purple) candle of this wreath.
May the wreath and its light be a sign of Christs promise of salvation.
May He come quickly and not delay.
We ask this in His holy name. Amen.
We light a candle today, a small dim light against a world that often seems
forbidding and dark. But we light it because we are a people of hope, a people whose faith
is marked by an expectation that we should always be ready for the coming of the Master.
The joy and anticipation of this season is captured beautifully in the antiphons of hope
from the monastic liturgies:
See! The ruler of the earth shall come, the Lord who will take from us the heavy
burden of our exile
The Lord will come soon, will not delay.
The Lord will make the darkest places bright.
We must capture that urgency today in the small flame of our candle. We light the candle
because we know that the coming of Christ is tied to our building of the kingdom. Lighting
the flame, feeding the hungry, comforting the sick, reconciling the divided, praying for
the repentant, greeting the lonely and forgotten doing all these works hastens His