Advent Prayers Week III
"Say to the anxious: be strong and fear not, our God will come to save us." (Isaiah 35:4)
The following prayers along with the verses of the hymn "O Come, O Come, Immanuel",  are based on seven prayers from the early church used in the seven days before Christmas.  These prayers address Christ using many of the Messianic titles found in the Old Testament.

An Advent wreath that includes four candles (one for each week) can be used in connection with these prayers which are most appropriately prayed at dinner time throughout the season.

Week Three of Advent

LEADER: O Morning Star, Splendor of Eternal Light and Sun of Righteousness, come and enlighten those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death.

GROUP:    Come, Lord, come to save us.

LEADER: O Wisdom that proceeds from the mouth of the Most High,
reaching from end to end, mightily disposing of all things, come to teach us the way of knowledge.

GROUP:    Come, Lord, come to save us.

LEADER:   The Spirit of the Lord moved over the darkness of earth and there was light and life.  May the burning of these candles remind us of the Lord's coming.

GROUP:    Amen.

Light the three candles.

LEADER: Lord God, may we your people, who look forward to the coming
of Christ, experience the joy of salvation and celebrate his coming with love and thanksgiving.  We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

GROUP:    Amen

Sing verse three and four of O Come, O Come, Immanuel.

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O Come, O Come, Immanuel

(5) O come, Thou Dayspring, come and cheer
Our spirits by thine advent here;
Disperse the gloomy clouds of night,
And death's dark shadows put to flight.

Refrain: Rejoice!  Rejoice!  Immanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel.

(6) O come, Thou Wisdom from on high,
And order all things far and nigh;
To us the path of knowledge show,
And cause us in her ways to go..

Refrain: Rejoice!  Rejoice!  Immanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel.

The sun of righteousness shall dawn from on high 
print by Jeanne Kun


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