Monday, December 01, 2008

The First Sunday in Advent.

Blessing of the Advent Wreath

This starts at the evening meal on the Saturday before the first Sunday in Advent with the blessing of the wreath. (One person is designated to say the prayers, following which various members of the family light the candles. ) The following prayer can be used.
Leader: Our help is in the name of the Lord.
All: Who made heaven and earth.
Leader: O God, by whose Word all things are sanctified, pour forth Your blessing upon this wreath and grant that we who use it may prepare our hearts for the coming of Christ and may receive from You abundant graces. We ask this through Christ our Lord.
All: Amen.
The wreath would then be sprinkled with water

We didn't do this last night - I had to pop out to Coles after Mass, to get a new wreath to add bits to, as last year's wreath had died. But we will do the blessing always, we follow the liturgical year with our own twist!

1 comment:

Greg said...

Wow in that photo where he's holding the photo of himself as a baby T looks so much like Dad when he was younger!! In his engagement and wedding photos. I can't believe how similar it is!