[During Advent, our prayers include the lighting of the Advent Wreath. The Advent Wreath may be lit centrally in the office or at a liturgical centre in the school foyer. It may also be lit and used in the classroom or in the gym for liturgies during advent. ]
We begin our Advent season in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
Happy New Year! This past Sunday we began a new liturgical calendar year in our Church. With the First Sunday of Advent our Church colours change from the energetic green of ordinary time to the quiet and beautiful violet of Advent.
Today as we begin the first week of Advent, we light the first purple candle on our advent wreaths. This is the "hope" candle. The light of this candle reminds us that our experience of the coming of Jesus, the light of our world, involves Hope for a better life. It also reminds us that we are called to bring hope to one another.
Let us pray:
Loving God, during this season of Advent,
we wait for the for the arrival of the child (baby) Jesus.
We pray that you will open our hearts
to receive your son Jesus Christ into our lives,
to guide and keep us safe in difficult times.
Lord God, during this Advent time help us to grow in our love and imitation of Jesus.
God's hope to direct me.
God's love to surround me.
God's joy to warm me.
God's peace to comfort me.
Bless our Advent journey to Christmas with light and patience.
We move into our day in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.