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Bless the Advent Wreath in Your Home

Bless the Advent Wreath in Your Home

Many are surprised to find out that you can bless your Advent Wreath in the home. The Book of Blessings [BOB] provides the Blessing of the Advent Wreath that may be blessed by a priest, deacon or lay minister. “When the blessing of the Advent Wreath is celebrated in the home, it is appropriate that it be blessed by a parent or another member of the family.” [BOB, 1516].

 

The tradition of the Advent Wreath actually began as a practice in the home. It should take place on the First Sunday of Advent. The wreath is usually made of evergreen branches that remind us of the wood of the cross. Three candles are violet and one candle is rose which is lit on the Third Sunday of Advent [Gaudate Sunday]. However it is also permissible to use four violet candles or four white candles.

 

          Blessing of the Advent Wreath

 

All make the sign of cross as the minister says:

 

Our help is in the name of the Lord.

R/.     Who made heaven and earth.

 

Opening Prayer

Grant your faithful, we pray, almighty God,

the resolve to run forth to meet your Christ

with righteous deeds at his coming,

so that, gathered at this right hand,

they may be worthy to possess the heavenly kingdom.

We ask this through Christ our Lord.

R/.     Amen.

 

 

Brothers and sisters, listen to the words of the prophet Isaiah: 9:1-2, 5-6

 

The people who walked in darkness

have seen a great light;

Upon those who dwelt in the land of gloom

a light has shone.

You have brought them abundant joy

and great rejoicing,

As they rejoice before you as at the harvest,

as men make merry when dividing spoils.

For a child is born to us, a son is given us;

upon his shoulder dominion rests.

They name him Wonder-Counselor, God-Hero,

Father-Forever, Prince of Peace.

His dominion is vast

and forever peaceful,

From David’s throne, and over his kingdom,

which he confirms and sustains

By judgment and justice,

both now and forever.

 

 

Blessing of the Advent Wreath

            [Leader prays with hands joined.]   

 

Lord God,

your Church joyfully awaits the coming of its Savior,

who enlightens our hearts

and dispels the darkness of ignorance and sin.

 

Pour forth your blessings upon us

as we light the candles of this wreath;

may their light reflect the splendor of Christ,

who is Lord, for ever and ever.

 

R/.  Amen.

 

[Light the first candle.]

 

May the light of Christ lead us to the joy of his kingdom, now and forever.

R/.     Amen.

 

[Order for the Blessing of An Advent Wreath from the Book of Blessings. Copyright 1989 by the Order of St. Benedict. Inc., Collegeville, Minnesota. All rights reserved.]