Order of Daily Prayer for Advent

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The devotion can begin by singing one or more verses of O Come, O Come, Emmanuel.
On and after Christmas Day, sing a favorite Christmas carol instead.

Light the appropriate number of candles for the given week in the season. When more than one are praying together, invite someone to lead the prayer (light font) with others saying the response (bold font).

Jesus Christ, Light of the World,
come and brighten the darkness.

On and after Christmas Day the following invocation can be used:

Jesus Christ, Word made flesh,
dwell among us.

Continue with the litany below.

With this fire, O God, shine your hope and light in the world.
Christ be our light!

Cast a light of peace, O Lord, uniting all that is divided.
Scatter the darkness!

Burn the light of love in our lives, O Savior.
Enlighten your church!

Unleash the fire of your joy, O Spirit, and give us new life.
Show forth your mercy!

Let us pray:
Gracious God, bless us as we light this candle/these candles. Shine your: hope (week 1), peace (week 2), love (week 3), joy (week 4) in our lives, and give us hope as we await the coming of your Son, Jesus. Renew all the world, O God, according to your glorious intent, and fill the universe with your joy. In the name of Jesus, the one who comes with good news, we pray.
Amen.

Read the assigned passage for the day, and/or any seasonally appropriate children’s Bible reading. A list of the daily readings can be found here.

The Lord’s Prayer is said by all.

Our Father who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name,
thy kingdom come,
thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
and forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us;
and lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory,
forever and ever. Amen.

Let us bless the Lord.
Thanks be to God!

Almighty God bless us, defend us from all evil, and bring us to everlasting life.
Amen

The devotion can conclude by singing one or more verses of
O Come, O Come, Emmanuel.
On and after Christmas Day, sing a favorite Christmas carol.