Use that Advent wreath this year

| November 18, 2014 | 0 Comments
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The Advent wreath should be more than a nice decoration to have around the house during the holidays.

To get more out of the Advent season and “prepare the way” for the holy time that seems to be more and more missing at Christmas, The Catholic Spirit is offering a brief Advent wreath rite this issue and in the three issues to come.

These simple, 10-15 minute rituals echo a ceremony that has been a part of Catholic life since the 16th century, and they are something an individual can do alone, with family or with any group.

The season begins with the First Sunday of Advent, Nov. 30.

Clip the Advent wreath ritual out of The Catholic Spirit each issue or pull it off of TheCatholicSpirit.com and make all the copies you need.

It doesn’t have to take long to make our prayer around the Advent wreath a meaningful part of each week. With the right priorities, all of us can find 10 or 15 minutes.

Find a time convenient for yourself and anyone who might be joining you.

Use all or just the parts that make sense for you and those praying with you.

Read the readings aloud or silently.

If you are with others, take turns leading, and take turns with each of the various parts of the ritual.

And don’t rush through the prayers of petition at the end. Take your time with each, and reflect on what you’re praying for.

The season of Advent opens the new Church calendar, and what better way to start the new Church year than by joining with others across the globe in preparing our hearts for the miracle of Christmas.

Advent Week 1 – Prayer and reflection for busy households

Advent Week 2 – Prayer and reflection for busy households

Advent Week 3 – Prayer and reflection for busy households

Advent Week 4 – Prayer and reflection for busy households

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