..pre Christian ritual nomadic people used to travelling with flocks & herds at time of winter [winter solstice] shortest days least daylight, they settled down, maybe for 4 weeks, to see out the worst of time & weather.. took wheels off wagons, decorated a wheel with greenery [hope] & four candles each week lit an extra candle to remind them of the gradual return of daylight & their time to restart their wanderings..
we Christians as with many other rituals adopted it & reshaped it for our own sacred purposes.. ..Advent our time to settle down.. take wheels off.. stand still for a while.. to wait & to ponder expectantly.. to see out our shortest days & look forward to the birth of the Christ child “the light of the world “
Blessing of Advent wreath
God our Redeemer, be with us as we wait & pray in this blessed season of preparation. Open our hearts to embrace your mercy, open our minds to understand the message of your Son ; open our souls to the gifts of the Spirit.
bless this Advent wreath . a sign of our growing commitment to prepare ourselves & others for your Sons coming as light into a darkening world. May we make space in our lives these blessed days of prayer & reflection, so that we can absorb the meaning of this season of the Holy Family, & the richness of this year of movement & migrancy in our world & in our Parish. We ask this in the name of Jesus, our source & our strength, who lives with you & in the unity of the Holy Spirit for ever & ever. Amen.