[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 in the classroom.
We begin our Advent in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. ]
Happy New Year! This past Sunday our Church began a new liturgical calendar Year on the First Sunday of Advent. Our Church colours move from the green of ordinary time to the patient violet of Advent.
As this is the first Monday in Advent. We light the first purple candle on our advent wreaths. This is the "hope" candle. The light of this candle reminds us of the coming of Jesus, the light of our world, who brings us hope.
Let us pray:
We wait, Loving God, during this season of Advent, for the arrival of the 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.
Lod 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.