“Today is the first Sunday of Advent. Here is a prayer for lighting the Advent candles.
Dear God, may this flame of hope, that we light in the darkness, dance upon our Advent wreath, and within each of our hearts as well. Thank you for your gift of hope, the flower that blooms from the ground of faith. We joyfully keep the tradition of ages past as we encircle our Advent wreath with love and prayerful expectation. May this Advent season bring us a new birth of hope in your ancient promises. In Jesus name. Amen.”