MAKING AN ADVENT WREATH
The Circle oasis or with wire – Like the Wedding ring, the circle is a sign of god’s love,which includes all of us.
The Evergreens – These point to God’s unchanging love, constant in every time & season
The Three Purple Candles – Purple is the advent colour for repentance and change of heart in preparation for the coming of Christ into our hearts and lives.
The Pink or ‘Rose’ Candle – On the third Sunday of Advent (Rejoicing Sunday), the joy of the forthcoming Christmas event is celebrated.
The White Candle – The white candle in the centre is the Christmas candle. This is lit on Christmas Eve to herald the birth of Jesus.
As you light the 1st candle on your Advent Wreath: All make the Sign of the Cross +
Parent or other family member: Today we begin our preparation to celebrate, with hope-filled joy, the coming of our Lord at Christmas. Before we ask God to bless our family Advent wreath we take a moment to listen to God’s Word.
Reading from the Prophet Isaiah 9:1-6. The people who walked in darkness Have seen a great light; On those who live in a land of deep darkness A light has shone… For there is a child born for us, A son given to us. Authority rests upon his shoulders. And he is named Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace. The Word of the Lord.
Blessing: (While a member of the family lights the first candle) 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 Saviour of every nation. Lord our God, let your blessing come upon us as we light the candle 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. R. Amen. ALL Come Lord Jesus.
All make the sign of the Cross+