posted on 11/29/2008 10:55:58 PM PST
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Week 1: First Sunday of Advent
Prayer 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 coming.
posted on 11/29/2008 10:57:28 PM PST
( With God all things are possible.)
Thank you for posting this.
posted on 11/30/2008 6:58:44 AM PST
(We're all Detroiters now.)
Hope renews itself in our hearts as we light the first Advent candle.
posted on 11/30/2008 8:27:58 PM PST
How do you get the candle graphic to flicker like a real candle - looks real.
posted on 11/30/2008 8:33:35 PM PST
Prayers offered up for our fellow citizens who have lost jobs and are facing hard times. May they find peace in this Advent season.
posted on 12/05/2008 10:06:33 PM PST
I look forward with anticipation for the Nativity display to be set up outside church. They have the creche up now. Waiting....
posted on 12/10/2008 9:26:07 PM PST
The fourth candle is lit, how moving to see the lighting of it in church.
posted on 12/21/2008 9:52:49 PM PST
Did I miss the Advent calendar for 2009 - do not see a link to it in current Caucus posts.
posted on 12/05/2009 7:16:45 AM PST
(The Lord is merciful and ever-ready to hear our prayers.)
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