Prayer for the Lighting of the Advent Candles
As our nights grow longer and our days grow short,
we look on these earthly signs - light and green branches -
and remember God's promise to our world:
Christ, our Light and our Hope, will come.
Listen to the words of Isaiah the prophet:
The people that walked in darkness
have seen a great light;
on those who lived in a land as dark as death
a light has dawned.
You have increased their joy and given them gladness;
They rejoice in your pesence as those who rejoice at harvest, as warriors exult when dividing spoil.
O God, rejoicing, we remember the promise of Your Son.
As the light from this candle,
may the blessing of Christ come upon us,
brightening our way
and guiding us by his truth.
May Christ our Savior bring life
into the darkness of the world,
and to us, as we wait for his coming.
We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.