Focus on your breathing
Breathe in slowly and deeply
As you exhale, quietly say to yourself “Lord, have mercy” (Repeat 3 times)
Read the quote again slowly and silently, repeat if necessary
Reflect for a few minutes on the question: “Where have I experienced hope and light in my life?”
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Lighting the Advent Candle
A short prayer may accompany the lighting.
Gather around the Advent Wreath
All: O Come, O Come Emmanuel
LEADER: O God, rejoicing, we remember the promise of your Son. As the light from this candle, may the blessing of Christ come upon us, brightening our way and guiding us by his truth. May Christ our Savior bring life into the darkness of our world, and to us, as we wait for his coming. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen
FIRST WEEK: The Prophets’ Candle – The Candle of HOPE
The first candle is sometimes called the candle of prophecy because it symbolizes the promises the prophets delivered as messages from God; promises that foretold Christ’s birth. Others consider the candle to be a symbol of the hope we have in Christ and so it is called the Hope candle.
Then the first candle is lit. If you don’t have a candle, we invite you to use the candle-lighting video here: