12/21/13

Lighting the Fourth Candle on the Advent Wreath



Beginning on Saturday, December 21...

If you have an Advent Wreath at home, pray for perseverance  as you light the four candles. If you don't have an Advent Wreath - light any candle and pray for perseverance... If you have no candle, simply stay right here with the candles above and pray for for the gift of perseverance...  On this Fourth Sunday of Advent we light a candle which will burn for only a short time. The vigil of Christmas begins after sundown on Tuesday...

With the lighting of this fourth candle, let us pray for perseverance, for the grace to be faithful in good times and in bad, in season and out of season, as we wait in joyful hope for the coming of our Savior, Jesus Christ:

In the dark of night, Lord, give us perseverance...
In the dead of winter, Lord, give us perseverance...
In the heat of day, Lord, give us perseverance...
On the uphill side, Lord, give us perseverance...
When the odds are against us, Lord, give us perseverance...
When others have abandoned us, give us perseverance...
When we don't know the way, Lord, give us perseverance...
When we can't find your face, Lord, give us perseverance...
When our burdens seem too great, Lord, give us perseverance...
When we suffer for your name, Lord, give us perseverance...
When we hunger for your word, Lord, give us perseverance...
When we thirst for your joy, Lord, give us perseverance...
When our best efforts seem to be too little, give us perseverance...
When those around us have given up, give us perseverance...
When trust and hope unravel, Lord, give us perseverance...
When our faith wears thin, Lord, give us perseverance...
When we're confused and conflicted, give us perseverance...
When one more step seems just too much, Lord, give us perseverance...
In whatever our greatest difficulties might be, 
   give us perseverance, Lord...

Send your Spirit, Lord, to strengthen our hearts,
to give us new purpose, to stir up our faith,
to light our path, to show us the way and,
to give us perseverance, Lord...

Come, Lord Jesus, come!
Amen.




   
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