LEADER: As our nights grow longer and our days grow short, we look on these earthly signs – light and green branches - and remember God’s promise to our world: Christ, our Light and our Hope, will come. Listen to the words of Isaiah the prophet:
The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light; on those who lived in a land as dark as death a light has dawned. You have increased their joy and given them gladness; They rejoice in your presence as those who rejoice at harvest, as warriors exult when dividing spoil. Is. 9:1-2
This prayer may be said every time the candles are lit. The following antiphon is prayed as a response.
O Come, O Come Emmanuel
LEADER: O God, rejoicing, we remember the promise of your Son. As the light from this candle, may the blessing of Christ come upon us, brightening our way and guiding us by his truth. May Christ our Savior bring life into the darkness of our world, and to us, as we wait for his coming. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen
Second Week: The Bethlehem Candle – The Candle of PEACE
The second candle in the Advent wreath is also called the candle of PEACE. This candle reminds us of the time when Jesus came to earth as a baby and was born in the small city of Bethlehem. This candle also reminds us that Jesus promised to come again.
Then the second candle is lit. If you don’t have a candle, we invite you to use the candle-lighting video here:
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