Lighting the Advent Wreath in the Tradition of Hope, Peace, Joy, and Love

Many churches are used to lighting candles of hope, peace, joy, and love.  This is written for that tradition, using scriptures for the day from the Revised Common Lectionary. 

In places where the tradition is to use families to light the Advent wreath, it is advised that family be defined by Christ—as those groups seeking to follow the Lord—not just as biological family.

Even the smallest children, who cannot read yet, can participate by announcing why we’re lighting the various candles.  

See Season of Advent, Opening Prayer, Presbyterian Worship

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  1. Great Advent information and readings. We will use this one this year. In the past, I have gone to other church sources because the PCUSA material was not easily found or inclusive. This year you have met the mark. Thnaks.

    by Wanda C. Butler

    November 29, 2015

  2. Upon further examination I find that Advent Wreath litany Year A is actually Year B.

    by Steve

    November 25, 2013

  3. Where is Advent Wreath year B?

    by Steve

    November 25, 2013

  4. Are there resources for Year a? Advent is coming and I am trying to plan and want to line up the advent candle lighter. Thanks

    by Ellen McGormley

    November 6, 2013

  5. this is the way advent should be given wonderful bible verses and prayers thank you

    by Norman Fox

    October 24, 2013

  6. I really loved the article, can you please sent it to me as word document to my email address please. May God of hope and peace bless you guys Regard Joseph

    by Dr Joseph Abramse

    July 31, 2013

  7. Thank you for having five readings as it is hard to find many times.

    by Carolyn Applewhite

    November 30, 2012