“At this Christmas when Christ comes, will He find a warm heart? Mark the season of Advent by loving and serving the others with God’s own love and concern.”
St. Teresa of Calcutta
Prayers for Lighting the Advent Wreath Candles
From A Prayer Book of Catholic Devotions
God of power and mercy open our hearts in welcome. Remove the things that hinder us from receiving Christ with joy so that we may share his wisdom and become one with him when he comes in glory, for he lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever.
Fresco in Holy Trinity Parish Church in Schwarzenberg, by Angelica Kauffmann, 1757
Prayer to Saint Andrew, the Apostle
O Glorious Saint Andrew,
you were the first to recognize
and follow the Lamb of God.
With your friend Saint John, you remained
with Jesus for that first day, for your entire life,
and now throughout eternity.
As you led your brother Saint Peter to Christ
and many others after him,
draw us also to Him.
Teach us to lead others to Christ
Solely out of love for Him
and dedication in His service.
Help us to learn the lesson of the cross
and to carry our daily crosses without complaint
so that they may carry us to Jesus.