1 December 2012

The Holy Season Of Advent 2012-1st Sunday Of Advent:

1st Sunday in Advent candles ©ejm99 (animated gif 1.58kb)
Advent Wreath Ceremony:
Week 1: Blessing of the Wreath and Lighting of the First Candle
Blessing: O God, bless our wreath and be with us as we prepare our hearts for the coming of Christ. As we light the candle each day, help us to keep our own hearts burning with Your love.
Meditation: "So be on the watch. Pray constantly for the strength to...stand secure before the Son of Man." (Luke 21:36)
In the First Week of Advent, we prepare ourselves for the Lord's coming into our world and into our lives. We ask, "In what area of my life do I stand at a distance from God?" We examine our relationships with family, friends, classmates, business associates, and neighbors. Is our faith reflected in each experience of human contact? Is love of God and neighbor the basis for our interaction with others? (Light the first purple candle)
Prayer: Almighty and loving God, we have searched our hearts and reviewed our love for Your people. Some relationships overflow with love while others have been found wanting. Yet it is our desire that You be a part of every human experience. We beg You now to fill our hearts with Your love and sharpen our awareness of Your Presence in every moment so that wherever we go and whatever we do, we will always stand secure before You. Amen.

Advent Wreath Prayer for the First Week of Advent

Bestir, O Lord, Thy might, we pray thee and come; that, defended by Thee, we may deserve rescue from approaching dangers brought on by our sins, and being set free by Thee, obtain our salvation. Who livest and reignest, with God the Father, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, God, world without end. Amen.

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