Advent Wreath Ceremony 2006

by Patrice Fagnant-MacArthur

A simple advent wreath ceremony each Sunday can enhance your family's spiritual preparation for Christmas. You can make an advent wreath using a pre-made wreath or evergreen swags arranged in a circle. Both the green and the circular shape represent eternal life. If you wish, you may also decorate your wreath with ribbons, pinecones, holiday flowers or Christmas ornaments.

A traditional wreath uses four candles - three purple and one pink, with the pink candle lit on the third Sunday. An optional white candle may be placed in the center to be lit Christmas Eve after the sun goes down. You may certainly substitute any color candles you have available. Use candle holders to be sure the candles are held securely and watch that candles do not burn so low as to become a fire hazard. If you would prefer to make a "child-safe" advent wreath, you can make one out of cloth or paper and add one candle each week.

December 3:
Light one purple candle.
Prayer:
"Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my savior, and for you I wait all the day." - Psalm 25: 5

December 10:
Light two purple candles.
Prayer:
"And this is my prayer: that your love may increase ever more and more in knowledge and every kind of perception, to discern what is of value, so that you may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ." Philippians 1:9 -10

December 17:
Light two purple candles and one pink candle.
Prayer:
"Rejoice in the Lord always. I shall say it again: rejoice! . . .The Lord is near." Philippians 4: 4-5

December 24:
Light all four candles.
Prayer:
"My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord; my spirit rejoices in God my savior. . . . The Mighty One has done great things for me, and holy is his name." Luke 1:46-47, 49.

About the Author:
Patrice Fagnant-MacArthur is editor of Spiritual Woman and author of Letters to Mary from a Young Mother.
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