Week 3, A Joy Above All Others – Blessed Titus Brandsma,

December 19, 2017

Read the quote above
Quiet yourself for a few moments
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 Christ’s presence in your 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

Third Week: the Shepherds’ Candle – The Candle of JOY
On the third Sunday of Advent, we light three candles on our Advent Wreath. Watch the light grow and fill the room with its soft glow. The third candle on our Advent wreath is called the Shepherds’ Candle. It reminds us of what the shepherds did.

The third candle of Advent is also the Candle of JOY. When the angel Gabriel told Mary that a special child would be born to her she was filled with joy. She sang a song that began with the words: “My soul magnifies the Lord, my spirit rejoices in God my savior.

Then the third candle is lit. If you don’t have a candle, we invite you to use the candle-lighting video here:

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