Advent wreath. Image by Andrea Schaufler.

Sunday, November 28 is the first Sunday of Advent. That means that it’s time to go shopping for purple and pink candles! Or, in our case, time to go into storage to find the wreath and our those candles (on or hopefully before the first Sunday of Advent). Not being the crafty types, my husband and I have never figured out how to have those lovely, tall tapered candles – they keep falling down. Kids, fire, falling-down-candles… really not a good combination. We’ve opted for fat, short candles (like the ones shown in the photo). Granted, you don’t get that dramatic height difference between the first Sunday candle and the fourth Sunday candle, but as always, safety first.

At dinner time, before saying Grace before meals, we light the appropriate candle and ask the kids to repeat the prayer after us. Our oldest is currently learning how to read, so we might experiment with her reading the prayer. Here is the one we use.

First Week
O Emmanuel, Jesus Christ,
desire of every nation,
Savior of all peoples,
come and dwell among us.

Second Week
O King of all nations, Jesus Christ,
only joy of every heart,
come and save your people.

Third Week
O Key of David, Jesus Christ,
the gates of heaven open at your command,
come and show us the way to salvation.

Fourth Week
O Wisdom, holy Word of God, Jesus Christ,
all things are in your hands,
come and show us the way to salvation.