The family gathers around the wreath (which is not yet lit).
A purple (blue) candle is lit the first night and all of the first week. During the second week, an additional purple (blue) candle is lit, during the third wee, the rose(pink) candle is lit, and on the fourth week, all four colored candles are lit. the central white candle is lit on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
Families may divide responsibilities for leading the service, lighting the candles, and reading scripture so that everyone may have a turn as they are able. An individual will want to omit the portions which call for a response, while following the outline for the remainder of the service.
Advent Wreath Service
Leader: Light and peace, in Jesus Christ our Lord. People: Thanks be to God.
Leader: Let us pray. Use the appropriate prayer from the list in the next column.
The candle or candles may now be lit.
O Gracious Light, Phos hilaron (said together) O gracious Light, pure brightness of everliving Father in heaven, O Jesus Christ, holy and blessed! Now as we come to the setting of the sun, and our eyes behold the vesper light, we sing your praises, O God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. You are worthy at all times to be praised by happy, voices, O son of God, O Giver of life, and to be glorified through all the worlds.
Scripture Reading (suggested passages for the day found in the third column)
After the Reading Reader: The Word of the Lord. All: Thanks be to God.
The Peace Leader: The peace of the Lord be with you All: And also with you All may exchange the peace.
Prayer Leader: The Lord be with you All: And also with you Leader: Let us pray All pray The Lord's Prayer
Leader: The Lord bless us and keep us. Amen. the Lord make his face to shine upon us and be gracious to us. Amen. the Lord lift up his countenance upon us and give us peace. Amen.
Leader: Let us bless the Lord. People: Thanks be to GOD.
Put out the candle or candles.
Prayers for Advent
Prayer for the first week of Advent Almighty God, give us grace to cast away the works of darkness, and put on the armor of light, now in the time of this mortal life in which your Son Jesus Christ came to visit us in great humility; that in the last day, when he shall come again in his glorious majesty to judge the living and the dead, we may rise to the life immortal; through him who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen
Prayer for the second week of Advent Merciful God, who sent your messengers the prophets to preach repentance and prepare the way for our salvation: Give us grace to heed their warnings and forsake our sins, that we may greet with joy the coming of Jesus Christ our Redeemer; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one god, now and forever. Amen.
Prayer for the third week of Advent Stir up your power, O Lord, and with great might come among us; and, because we are sorelyhindered by our sins, let your bountiful grace and mercy speedily help and deliver us; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit, be honor and glory, now and forever. Amen.
Prayer for the fourth week of Advent Purify our conscience, Almighty God, by your daily visitation, that your Son Jesus Christ, at his coming, may find us a mansion prepared for himself; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen
Suggested Bible passages
First Week Sunday Matthew 25:1-13 Monday Isaiah 1:16-18 Tuesday Isaiah 60:1-3 Wednesday Psalm 43: 3-5 Thursday Isaiah 58: 6-9 Friday 1 John 2: 8-11 Saturday 1 John 3: 1-2