First Sunday of Advent: November 27th, 2016
The Advent Wreath
The Advent Wreath helps us to spiritually reflect on the great drama of salvation history that surrounds the birth of Jesus who comes to redeem the human race. The candles on the wreath represent the four weeks of Advent. The gradual lighting of the four candles, one on each Sunday of the Advent season, symbolizes not only our expectation and hope in Our Savior’s first coming into the world, but also in His Second Coming as Judge at the end of time. The circular shape of the wreath, without beginning or end, symbolizes God’s complete and unending love for us – a love that sent His Son into the world to redeem us from the curse of sin. It also represents eternal life which becomes ours through faith in Jesus Christ.
Prayer for the First Sunday
Today, we begin the New Year in our Church, with the Season of Advent. We also begin to listen to the Gospel of Matthew, who will journey with us throughout the year. As we enter into this joyful season of hope and waiting, we are invited to pause and reflect. In the midst of the Christmas rush, the Church invites us to take some time to be quiet. And so, to prepare ourselves to begin this new year and this Eucharistic celebration, we invite you to please close your eyes and pray.
Lord Jesus, Master of both the light and the darkness,
send your Holy Spirit upon our preparations for Christmas.
We who have so much to do
seek quiet spaces to hear your voice each day.
We who are anxious over many things
look forward to your coming among us.
We who are blessed in so many ways
long for the compete joy of your kingdom.
We whose hearts are heavy
seek the joy of your presence.
We who are your people, walking in darkness, yet seeking the light.
To you we say, “Come Lord Jesus!”