Advent Prayers Week IV
"The Virgin is with child and shall bear a son, and she will call him Emmanuel." (Isaiah 7:14)
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 Four of Advent

LEADER: O King of the Nations and their Desired One, and Cornerstone
of the House of God, come and save man whom you formed out of dust.

GROUP:    Come, Lord, come to save us.

LEADER: O Immanuel, our King and Lawgiver, the Expected One of the
Nations and their Savior, come to save us O Lord our God.

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 four candles.

LEADER: Lord God, fill our hearts with your Holy Spirit, and as you revealed  your Son through his coming as man, so lead us through his suffering and death to the glory of his resurrection. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you in the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

GROUP:    Amen

Sing verse seven and one of O Come, O Come, Immanuel.

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O Come, O Come, Immanuel

(7) O come, Desire of Nations, bind
All people in one heart and mind;
Bid envy, strife, and quarrels cease;
Fill the whole world with heaven's peace.

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

(1) O come, O come, Immanuel,
And ransom captive Israel,
That mourns in lonely exile here
Until the Son of God appear.

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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