Advent Prayers

Prayer for lighting the Advent Wreath

Lord our God,
we praise you for sending your Son to free us from the darkness of this world.

Let your blessing come upon us as we light this wreath, may it be for us a sign of the bright promise of Christ whose coming we await.

May he come quickly and not delay.

We ask this in the name of Jesus our Lord. Amen.

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Prayers for each week of Advent

First Week (purple candle)
Father in heaven,
our hearts desire the warmth of your love
and our minds are searching for the light of your Word.
Increase our longing for Christ our Savior
and give us the strength to grow in love,
that the dawn of his coming
may find us rejoicing in his presence
and welcoming the light of his truth.
We ask this in the name of Jesus the Lord.
Amen.

Second Week (purple candle)
God of power and mercy,
open our hearts in welcome.
Remove the things that hinder us from receiving Christ with joy,
so that we may share his wisdom
and become one with him
when he comes in glory,
for he lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
Amen.

Third Week (pink candle)
Father of love,
you made a new creation
through Jesus Christ your Son.
May his coming free us from sin
and renew his life within us,
for he lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
Amen.

Fourth Week (purple candle)
Father, all-powerful God,
your eternal Word took flesh on our earth
when the Virgin Mary placed his life
at the service of your plan.
Lift our minds in watchful hope
to hear the voice which announces his glory
and open our minds to receive the Spirit
who prepares us for his coming.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
Amen.