Week 4: Advent Wreath Prayer for busy families
By The Catholic Spirit
Advent, the season of joyful expectation before Christmas, started 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 fourth in a four-part Advent Wreath Prayer series.
Here is a short do-it-yourself Advent Wreath Prayer for the fourth Sunday of Advent, Dec. 18. The weekly prayers take just a few minutes to deepen your family’s Advent observance.
Fourth Sunday of Advent
Step 1—Light all four candles on the Advent wreath
Step 2—(optional) Read 2 Samuel 7:1-5, 8b-12, 14a, 16; Romans 16:25-27; Luke 1:26-38
Step 3—Reflect on the readings: This fourth week of Advent, the readings from the Bible leave us asking if we have a dwelling place for the Lord in our hearts, as Mary did. When we think that we are in charge and in control, that’s when we need to remember that it is God who has provided everything we have and made us everything we are, and that God has a plan for our life.
Step 4—Pray: Help me, Lord, to follow Mary’s example of faith and trust. Help me too to say, Yes God, I am yours. Do with me as you want. Make me your hands on earth, so that my own heart is a fitting place for the Christ Child to rest his head.