Advent 2013

Anticipation and Hope

 

According to present usage, Advent is a period beginning with the Sunday nearest to the feast of Saint Andrew the Apostle (November 30) and embracing four Sundays. The first Sunday may be as early as November 27, and then Advent has twenty-eight days, or as late as December 3, giving the season only twenty-one days.

With Advent the ecclesiastical year begins in the Western churches. During this time the faithful are admonished

  • to prepare themselves worthily to celebrate the anniversary of the Lord's coming into the world as the incarnate God of love,

  • thus to make their souls fitting abodes for the Redeemer coming in Holy Communion and through grace, and

  • thereby to make themselves ready for His final coming as judge, at death and at the end of the world.

 

Advent Prayer

Father, all powerful and ever-living God, we do well always and everywhere to give you thanks through Jesus Christ our Lord.
When he humbled himself to come among us, he fulfilled the plan you formed long ago and opened for us the way to salvation.

Now we watch for the day, hoping that the salvation promised us will be ours when Christ will come again in his glory.

And so, with all the choirs of angels in heaven we proclaim your glory and join in their unending hymn of praise:

Holy, holy, holy Lord,
God of power and might,
heaven and earth are full of your glory.
Hosana in the highest.
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord
Hosana in the highest.
Amen.

 

Sunday - December 1, 2013
First Sunday of the Advent

The first Candle is lit on the first Sunday of Advent, shortly after November 30. It is called the Prophecy Candle and reminds us that Jesus' coming was prophesied hundreds of years before He was born. The candle's purple color represents Christ's royalty as the King of Kings. Suggested Bible Reading: Isaiah 9:2-6 and Luke 1:30-35

Prayer as we light the first purple Advent Candle - the Candle of Hope
(The Patriarchs, Abraham, the Old Testament Ancestors of Jesus)

 

Stir up thy power, O Lord, and come, that by thy protection we may be rescued from the dangers that beset us through our sins; and be a Redeemer to deliver us; Who livest and reignest with God the Father in the unity of the Holy Spirit, ever one God, world without end.
Amen.

 

Sunday - December 8, 2013
Second Sunday of the Advent


The second candle, lit on the second Sunday of advent along with the first candle, is the Bethlehem candle, reminding us that Jesus was born in Bethlehem. It too is purple, reminding us that it was a King Who was born in the manger. Suggested Bible reading: Micah 5:2 and Luke 2:1-7

Prayer as we light the second purple Advent Candle - The Candle of Peace
(The prophets who foretold the birth of Jesus)

 

Stir up our hearts, O Lord, to prepare the paths of thine Only-begotten Son: that we may worthily serve thee with hearts purified by His coming: Who livest and reignest with God the Father in the unity of the Holy Spirit, ever one God, world without end.
Amen.

 

Sunday - December 15, 2013
Third Sunday of the Advent
 
The third candle, lit on the third Sunday of advent with the first two, is the Shepherds' candle. We are reminded that God sent the angels to proclaim His arrival to common man and that He still uses ordinary people today to spread the good news of Christ. This candle is pink or rose and represents God's love and faithfulness. Suggested Bible reading: Isaiah 52:7 and Luke 2:8-20.
 
Prayer as we light the third (rose) Advent Candle -The Candle of Love
(John The Baptist)

 

We beseech thee to listen to our prayers, O Lord, and by the grace of thy coming enlighten our darkened minds: Thou who livest and reignest with God the Father in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever.
Amen.

 

Sunday - December 22, 2013
Fourth Sunday of the Advent

The fourth candle, lit on the fourth Sunday of advent, is the Angel's candle. As we light this flame, we are reminded of the heavenly hosts that proclaimed Christ's arrival with "Behold, I bring unto you good tiding of great joy!" The Angel candle is also purple, reminding us that it was a King's birth the angels were announcing. Suggested Bible Reading: Ezekiel 34:23, Luke 2:15-20 and John 10:11

Prayer as we light all fourth Advent Candles - The Candle of Joy (Pink candle)
(Mary the Mother of Jesus)

Thank you God for the joy you give us. We ask that as we wait for all your promises to come true, and for Christ to come again, that you would remain present with us. Help us today, and everyday to worship you, to hear your word, and to do your will by sharing your joy with each other. We ask it in the name of the one who was born in Bethlehem.
Amen.

Wednesday - December 25, 2013 
Christmas Day

Last Candle Now we light our last candle to remember the birth of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. As the prophets promised so long ago, you have come to us once again; and with the shepherds, we are filled with wonder and amazement.

Prayer as we light the white Christ candle now - The Last Candle
"The Birth of Christ"

 

Lord, you come as a tiny, fragile baby; yet we know that you are God and you are with us. May the flame of this candle remind us that you are the light of the world and that if we follow you, we will never walk in darkness, but will have the true light of life. Come,
Lord Jesus, come.
Amen.

 

 

 

Liturgical Calendar 2005-2014

Year SC WC Bef Aft Bapt SO Bef Ash Easter Asc Pent Trinity Corpus Advent
2005 A 1 5 7 9 Jan 6 Feb 9 Feb 27 Mar 5 May 15 May 22 May 29 May 27 Nov
2006 B 2 8 9 8 Jan 26 Feb 1 Mar 16 Apr 25 May 4 Jun 11 Jun 18 Jun 3 Dec
2007 C 1 7 8 7 Jan 18 Feb 21 Feb 8 Apr 17 May 27 May 3 Jun 10 Jun 2 Dec
2008 A 2 4 6 13 Jan 3 Feb 6 Feb 23 Mar 1 May 11 May 18 May 25 May 30 Nov
2009 B 1 7 9 11 Jan 22 Feb 25 Feb 12 Apr 21 May 31 May 7 Jun 14 Jun 29 Nov
2010 C 2 6 8 10 Jan 14 Feb 17 Feb 4 Apr 13 May 23 May 30 May 6 Jun 28 Nov
2011 A 1 9 11 9 Jan 6 Mar 9 Mar 24 Apr 2 Jun 12 Jun 19 Jun 26 Jun 27 Nov
2012 B 2 7 8 8 Jan 19 Feb 22 Feb 8 Apr 17 May 27 May 3 Jun 10 Jun 2 Dec
2013 C 1 5 7 13 Jan 10 Feb 13 Feb 31 Mar 9 May 19 May 26 May 2 Jun 1 Dec
2014 A 2 8 10 12 Jan 2 Mar 5 Mar 20 Apr 29 May 8 Jun 15 Jun 22 Jun 30 Nov

 

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