Week 1: Advent Wreath Prayer for busy families
By The Catholic Spirit
Advent, the season of joyful expectation before Christmas, starts Nov. 27 this year. The Advent wreath, with a lit candle marking each week of the season, is a traditional symbol of the period.
The following prayer is the first in a four-part Advent Wreath Prayer series.
Here is a short do-it-yourself Advent Wreath Prayer for the first Sunday of Advent, Nov. 27. The weekly prayers take just a few minutes to deepen your family’s Advent observance.
First Sunday of Advent
Step 1—Light one candle on the Advent Wreath
Step 2—(optional) Read Isaiah 63:16b-17, 19b; 64:2b-7; 1 Corinthians 1:3-9; Mark 13:33-37
Step 3—Reflect on the readings: Did you ever wonder why God didn’t make it easier for us to be good? The Bible passages that the Church has chosen for this first Sunday of Advent point out two things—that we aren’t perfect, and that we’d better try to be. The prophet Isaiah begs God for help. The evangelist Paul offers up a thank you to God for all the gifts we have. And Mark’s Gospel reminds us that the time to start living the right way is right now. This Advent. Today.
Step 4—Pray: Holy Spirit, guide the choices I make throughout this week so that I choose to do what honors my Creator and what shows my love of others.