Rites for the Lighting of an Advent Wreath

This set of rites for the lighting of an Advent wreath follows the thematic pattern used by many lectionaries for the Advent season: Readiness, Repentance, Rejoicing, and Christ Revealed in the Flesh. The third set of versicles in each rite emphasizes that it is Christ himself who makes his people ready by his Word and work. The rites are intended to be used after a general welcome and before the opening hymn. The rites may be used at other times in a worship service. The rubric “N Advent candle(s) is/are lit during the OPENING HYMN” may be adapted as needed. Please contact for any commercial usage.

CW.Advent 1

FIRST SUNDAY IN ADVENT
“Readiness”


M:
The people walking in darkness have seen a great light:
C: On those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned.  (Isaiah 9:2)

M: Our Savior Jesus said, “You also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.” (Matthew 24:44)
C: All will have to give account to him who is ready to judge the living and the dead. (1 Peter 4:5)

M: Christ himself has given apostles, prophets, pastors and teachers to make God’s people ready for works of service. (Ephesians 4:11)
C: He will strengthen our hands to do his work and open our lips to declare his praise. (Psalm 51:15)

M: Let us pray.
Almighty God, you strengthen us that we may cast away the works of darkness and put on the armor of light. With Word and Sacrament, make ready our hearts. Make us ready to receive your Word and live by it daily. Make us ready to live our faith through love and service. And finally, make us ready to meet you face to face on the day your Son comes to judge the living and the dead; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
C: Amen.

One Advent candle is lit during the OPENING HYMN.
__________

CW.Advent 2

SECOND SUNDAY IN ADVENT
“Repentance”


M:
The people walking in darkness have seen a great light:
C: On those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned. (Isaiah 9:2)

M: John the Baptist called out in the wilderness: “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near.”
C: “Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for him.” (Matthew 3:2,3)

M: Christ himself has given us the power for repentance. By his holy life and innocent death he has conquered Satan and sin and is able to help us when we are tempted. (Hebrews 2:18)
C: He reigns in our lives with his grace and bring us to eternal life. (Romans 5:21)

M: Let us pray.
Almighty God, your holy Word has called us to repent of sin and walk in your path of righteousness. For the sake of Jesus Christ, you have not quickly judged the world for sin, but have given all a time of grace, and a call to turn from evil ways. By the power of your Spirit, turn our hearts to you. Make us grow in our obedience to your Word. In Jesus, you have revealed to us your holy love. Move us to love one another as he has loved us, and to serve one another as if we were serving you; through Jesus Christ, our Lord.
C: Amen.

Two Advent candles are lit during the OPENING HYMN.
__________

CW.Advent 3

THIRD SUNDAY IN ADVENT
“Rejoicing”


M:
The people walking in darkness have seen a great light:
C: On those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned. (Isaiah 9:2)

M: You have enlarged the nation and increased their joy;
C:  they rejoice before you as people rejoice at the harvest.  (Isaiah 9:3)

M: Christ himself has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows, shattering the yoke of sin that burdened us. (Isaiah 53:4)
C: He restores to us the joy of salvation and grant us willing spirits. By his stripes our weary souls are healed. (Psalm 51:12, Isaiah 53:5)

M: Let us pray.
Almighty God, you give strength to the weary and pronounce blessings on those who mourn. You have sent us a Savior. You have made us your people. Fill our hearts with joy that flows from the forgiveness of our sins, joy powered by the resurrection of our living Savior, that we may shine like the stars of the heavens, bringing glory to you; through Jesus Christ, our Lord.
C: Amen.

Three Advent candles are lit during the OPENING HYMN.
__________

CW.Advent 4

FOURTH SUNDAY IN ADVENT
“Christ Revealed in the Flesh”


M:
The people walking in darkness have seen a great light:
C: On those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned. (Isaiah 9:2)

M: For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders.
C: And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. (Isaiah 9:6)

M: Christ himself has come down from heaven, has become incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the virgin Mary, and has become fully human.
C: He shared in our humanity. By his death destroyed the devil and the power of death, and freed us from fear and slavery forever. (Hebrews 2:14-15)

M: Let us pray.
Almighty God, your Son, our Savior, Jesus became flesh and made his dwelling among us. In him you have revealed yourself, your love, and your plan for all humanity. By his Word, make us ready for his coming. Keep our hearts repentant, constantly turning to your path of righteousness. Restore to us the joy of your salvation, and uphold us with your free Spirit; through him who came to give himself to us and to make us his own, Jesus Christ, our Lord.
C: Amen.

Four Advent candles are lit during the OPENING HYMN.

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“Rites for the Lighting of an Advent Wreath” and candle graphics © 2006, 2016 Paul C. Stratman, is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.

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Lutheran pastor serving St. Stephen's in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin.

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