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Advent Wreath Blessing
by Lori Veenker
This Advent Wreath Blessing can be used in your classroom or you can make copies of it and send it home with your students for them and their families to use. Depending on the size of your group, you may need to combine reading parts.
This Advent Wreath Blessing can be used in your classroom or you can make copies of it and send it home with your students for them and their families to use. Depending on the size of your group, you may need to combine reading parts.

Before you begin, make four large signs with one word on each: LOVE, FAITH, JOY, HOPE. Give the signs to a student and have that student hold up LOVE when the first candle is presented and lit. Have the student hold up FAITH when the second candle is explained; JOY when the third candle is explained; HOPE when the last candle is explained. 


Wreath Blessing

Reader 1
: We gather around this Advent Wreath to celebrate the beginning of the holy season of Advent. The word advent means “coming.” We join with the Church throughout the world to prepare for the three-fold coming of Jesus Christ. First, he comes to us as a baby in Bethlehem at Christmas. Second, he comes to us in our hearts in Holy Communion. Finally, he comes to us at the end of this world. Let us sing “O Come Emmanuel” (see christmassongbook.net/s0304g.asp for tune and lyrics).

Reader 2: The Advent Wreath is made into the shape of a circle to remind us of God’s everlasting love for us.

Reader 3: The evergreen boughs remind us that God’s love for us never dies or fades away.

Have student hold up the word LOVE.

Reader 4: We light the first purple candle. It represents the virtue of love. Jesus loves us so much that he became human to be our Savior, to teach us now to follow him.

Reader 5: (Light the first purple candle.) Let us thank Jesus as we pray…

All pray the Prayer of Praise (Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit…).

Have student hold up the word FAITH.

Reader 6: Next week, we will light the first and the second purple candles. (Point to the two candles.). The second purple candle represents the virtue of faith. We thank Jesus for the great gift he has given us through his presence in Holy Communion and his living word in the Bible. 

Reader 7: Let us ask God to increase our faith in Jesus as we pray…

All pray the Prayer of Praise.

Have student hold up the word JOY.


Reader 8: In two weeks, we will light the first and second purple candles and the rose-colored candle. (Point to the three candles.) The rose-colored candle represents our joy in the fact that Jesus will soon be here.

Reader 9: We ask Jesus to increase our joy in knowing he is near …

All pray the Prayer of Praise.

Have student hold up the word HOPE.


Reader 10: The last week of Advent, we will light all of the candles. (Point to all of the candles.) The fourth candle represents our confident hope in Jesus, who has overcome the darkness of death and sin in this world.

Reader 11: Bless this Advent Wreath, God, and help us to joyfully prepare to celebrate the birthday of your Son Jesus at Christmas. We pray…

All pray the Prayer of Praise.


Lori Veenker is the mother of five children and has been married for 13 years. She is a member of Sacred Heart-St. Louis Parish in Gervais, OR; she lives in Woodburn, OR.. Lori credits her faith to a close call with brain cancer when she was nineteen years old.





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