The Blessing of the Advent Wreath
“The people that walked in darkness
have seen a great light: they that dwell in the land of the shadow
of death, upon them hath the light shined. For unto us a child
is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon
his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor ,
The Mighty God, The Everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace”
(Isaiah 9: 2 and 6).
The Priest then proceeds with the
blessing of the Advent Wreath, saying first the following Versicle,
at which all make the Sign of the Cross:
V. Our help
✠ is in the Name of
R. Who hath made heaven and
V. The Lord be with you.
R. And with thy spirit.
Let us pray.
O God, by whose word all things are
sanctified, pour forth thy blessing ✠ upon this wreath, and grant
that we who use it may prepare our hearts for the coming of Christ
and may receive from Thee abundant graces. Through Christ our
The Priest then incenses the Advent
Wreath and sprinkles it with holy water. He then offers the
Advent Wreath Prayer for the First Week of Advent:
Let us pray.
Stir up thy power, O Lord, we beseech
thee, and come: that by thy protection we may deserve to be
delivered from the threatening dangers of our sins and saved by Thy
deliverance; who livest and reignest, world without end.
Then takes place the lighting of
first Advent Candle, which should be one of the three purple ones.
By tradition, the youngest child present is given the honor of
lighting the first Advent Candle. The Priest then leads the
congregation in the St. Andrews Christmas Novena prayer:
Hail and blessed be the hour and
moment * in which the Son of God was born of the most pure Virgin
Mary, * at midnight, in Bethlehem, in the piercing cold. * In
that hour, vouchsafe, O my God, * to hear my prayer and grant my
desires, * through the merits of our Saviour, Jesus Christ, * and of
his Blessed Mother. Amen.
FR. BERNARD G. HALL
Dean of Chapter
Guild of St. Peter