The first candle is lit on the Advent wreath in churches across the world. We are united in God's love as this special season of Advent begins.
We have made our own Advent wreaths to prepare ourselves over the next 4 weeks.
The Advent wreath helps us prepare for Christmas. The circular shape has no beginning and no end – it reminds us that life with Jesus is everlasting. The evergreen leaves show God’s love for us never ends. The candlelight reminds us that Jesus is the light of the world. Reader: Let us pray. God our Father, you sent Jesus to be the light of the world. Our first candle symbolises hope. May we always find hope in Jesus, even when we are sad or lonely. May we bring the light of Christ to the world this Advent. We make this prayer through Jesus Christ your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever. Amen.