The Lighting of the Advent Wreath
With Prayers for Year B.
The Advent Wreath is a common but non-liturgical aspect of Episcopal Worship. Thus this service should occur before the principle liturgical service of the day begins. The one exception is a worship that involves an Order for Evening where it can be lit after the Prayer for Light. The prayers provided here are for use in Year B and correspond to the New Testament Lessons.
Leader: Jesus Christ is the Light of the World.
People: The Light no Darkness can overcome.
Leader: We await the coming of the Light.
People: The dawn of the New Heaven and the New Earth.
The Advent Wreath candles are lit.
[My suggestion is to light first the purple candle across from another purple candle, then the purple candle across from it, then the rose candle, then the final purple candle. This allows the wreath to be lit in a cross pattern.]
Leader: We wait for the revealing of our Lord Jesus Christ.
People: The Holy Spirit has strengthened us and enriched us.
Leader: The Father has given each of us many spiritual gifts.
People: We are called to use them in the Fellowship of Jesus Christ.
All: We wait for the revealing of our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen
Leader: To the Lord one Day is like a thousand years.
People: And a thousand years are like one day.
Leader: The Lord is patient with us.
People: The Lord does not want any to perish.
All: To the Lord one day is like a thousand years. Amen
Leader: Rejoice always, pray without ceasing.
People: We will give thanks in all circumstances.
Leader: Hold fast to what is good.
People: We will abstain from every form of evil.
All: Rejoice always, pray without ceasing. Amen
Leader: God strengthens us through the Gospel.
People: God strengthens us through the proclamation of Jesus Christ.
Leader: The secret kept for long ages is now disclosed.
People: The secret is made known to all people.
All: God strengthens us through the Gospel. Amen