Week 1: First Sunday of Advent
Prayer for the Advent Wreath
Lord, our God, we praise You for Your Son, Jesus
Christ, for He is Emmanuel, the Hope of all people.
We light a candle today, a small dim light against a world that often seems forbidding and dark. But we light it because we are a people of hope, a people whose faith is marked by an expectation that we should always be ready for the coming of the Master. The joy and anticipation of this season is captured beautifully in the antiphons of hope from the monastic liturgies:
See! The ruler of the earth shall come, the Lord
who will take from us the heavy burden of our exile
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