Advent Wreath Prayers


These are simply the collects from the Sunday Mass. Each night you may light the appropriate number of candles on the wreath, sing O Come O Come Emmanuel, and read the collect for the corresponding week.
First Sunday of Advent
Arise in thy strength, we beseech thee, O Lord, and come: from the dangers which threaten us because of our sins, be thy presence our sure defence, be thy deliverance our safety for evermore.
(Excita quaesumus Domine potentiam tuam, et veni: ut ab imminentibus peccatorum nostrorum periculis, te mereamur protegente eripi, te liberante salvari.)
Second Sunday of Advent
Stir up, O Lord, our hearts to make ready the ways of thine only-begotten Son; and with minds undefiled to pay to thee, through is coming, the homage of our service.
(Excita Domine corda nostra ad praeparandas Unigeniti tui vias: ut per jus adventum purificatis tibi mentibus servire mereamur.)
Third Sunday of Advent
Bow down thine ear, we beseech thee, O Lord, to our prayers; and by the brightness of thine Advent lighten the darkness of our minds.
(Aurem tuam quaesumus Domine precibus nostris accommoda: et mentis nostrae tenebras, gratia tuae visitationis illustra.)
Fourth Sunday of Advent
Arise we beseech Thee O Lord, in Thy strength, and come in might to our aid; that by the work of Thy grace that good to which our sins are a sore hindrance, may, in the fulness of Thy forgiveness, speedily be vouchsafed to us.
(Excita quaesumus Domine potentiam tuam, et veni, et magna nobis virtute succurre: ut per auxilium gratiae tuae quod nostra peccata praepediunt, indulgentia tuae propitiationis acceleret.)
Hail and blessed be the hour and moment in which the Son of God was born of the most pure Virgin Mary at midnight in Bethlehem in piercing cold. In that hour vouchsafe, oh my God, to hear my prayer and grant my desires through the merits of our Saviour Jesus Christ and His Blessed Mother.

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