Week 4, A New Awareness of Your Love – Blessed Titus Brandsma,

December 24, 2017


Read the quote above taken from Titus’ poem “Before a Picture of Jesus in My Cell”
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

Fourth Week: The Candle of LOVE
On the fourth Sunday of Advent, we light all four candles on our Advent Wreath. Christmas is now just days away. Anticipation is mounting. The light is increasing!

The fourth candle of Advent is the Candle of LOVE. God’s love is a perfect love. It holds nothing back. God, in love, gives us everything we need to live a life of hope and peace.

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

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What does “Advent Hope” mean to you? Share your reflections with the community by using #CarmelAdvent or the #CarmelPrays, #CarmelHope. You can use the hashtags on any of our online media platforms (comment below on Carmelites.net, Facebook, Twitter etc). We will periodically compile the best reflections and share them with the community.

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