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Advent Wreath Prayers

contributed by Daria Sockey

The editor's comments:
While lighting the Advent Wreath every evening through Advent, it seems appropriate to say a short prayer or blessing to express some of the feelings this small ceremony invokes. The creatively challenged among us (myself included) find this intimidating, to say the least. Prayers like the following offer some help in this area.

Week 1

Let us pray.
Stir up your might we beg you Lord, and come, so that we may escape through your protection and be saved by your help from the dangers that threaten us because of our sins. Who lives and reigns forever and ever. Amen

Week 2

Let us pray.
O Lord, stir up our hearts that we may prepare for your only begotten Son, that through His coming, we may be made worthy to serve you with pure souls. Through the Same Christ our Lord. Amen.

Week 3

Let us Pray.
We humbly beg you, O Lord, to listen to our prayers; and by the grace of your coming bring light into our darkened minds. Who lives and reigns forever and ever. Amen.

Week 4

Let us pray.
Stir up your might, we pray You O Lord, and come; rescue us through Your great strength so that salvation, which has been hindered by our sins, may be hastened by the grace of Your gentle mercy. Who lives and reigns for ever and ever. Amen.

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