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Gift of Giving

New president is a
first for St. Vincent de Paul of Alameda County

Local charities
deliver holiday
season wish lists

Help retired
religious weather
financial future

Supporting elderly religious is work
of the heart,
honorees say

Deeper look at statistics about women's religious orders


Travel

Pilgrimage takes us
into our faith
in a profound, transformational way


Pax Christi
Assembly inspired
by panelists,
presenters

Coptic deacon
fights secularism
to reach youths


Financial Services

Have a conversation about long-term care with your parents

Making this
Christmas season bright, and
affordable for everyone

How to save
money on pet care
expenses


Holiday Guide

Bishop's Vineyard
at the Cathedral
Shop

'VatiLeaks' 2015: Books claim
resistance to pope's
finance reform

Fremont pastor
pens a book on
humor, inspiration


Advent

New liturgical year
a time to put our
houses in order

The "O Antiphons"
of Advent

Blessing of an
Advent wreath


Obituary:
Sister Theresa
Martin Pigott, OP

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Advent

Blessing of an Advent wreath

The use of the Advent wreath is a traditional practice which has found its place in the Church as well as in the home. The blessing of an Advent wreath takes place on the first Sunday of Advent or on the evening before the first Sunday of Advent.

When the blessing of the Advent wreath is celebrated in the home, it is appropriate that it be blessed by a parent or another member of the family.

USCCB

The blessing

All make the sign of the cross as the leader says:
Our help is in the name of the Lord.
Response (R/.) Who made heaven and earth.

Then the Scripture, Isaiah 9: (lines 1-2 and 5-6) or Isaiah 63 (lines 16-17 & 19) or Isaiah 64 (lines 2-7) is read:

Reader: The Word of the Lord. R/. Thanks be to God.

With hands joined, the leader says:
Lord our God, we praise you for your Son, Jesus Christ: he is Emmanuel, the hope of the peoples, he is the wisdom that teaches and guides us, he is the Savior of every nation. Lord God, let your blessing come upon us as we light the candles of this wreath. May the wreath and its light be a sign of Christ's promise to bring us salvation. May he come quickly and not delay. We ask this through Christ our Lord. R/. Amen.

The blessing may conclude with a verse from "O Come, O Come, Emmanuel":
O come, desire of nations, bind in one the hearts of humankind; bid ev'ry sad division cease and be thyself our Prince of peace. Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.

— From "Catholic Household Blessings & Prayers"

 
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