Advent candle lighting — Week 1

Advent is a time of “opening to light.”

Advent is a time that we prepare our hearts and homes for the birth of Jesus on Christmas day.

We invite you and your family to light a candle each of the four weeks of Advent and to prepare with scripture, music and prayer.

First week of Advent

As we light the first candle, we read Isaiah 9:2:

“The People who walked in darkness have seen a great light. For those who lived in a land of deep shadows — light! Sunbursts of light!”

Sing, or listen to “O Come, O Come Emmanuel” by Pentatonix

On YouTube: (or search
O Come, O Come Emmanuel-Pentatonix [Yule Log audio])

Lyrics for singing, acapella style

O come, O come, Emmanuel, and ransom captive Israel
that mourns in lonely exile here
until the Son of God appear.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emanuel shall come to you, O Israel.

Prayer: Dear God, as we wait for the coming of the light, a spark of hope is ignited in the night and it shines brightly. Help us wait with great anticipation. Amen.