FOURTH SUNDAY OF ADVENT
With only a week to go before Christmas Day, the liturgy of the Fourth Sunday of Advent sets the scene for our coming celebrations. The child who is to be born will be known as Emmanuel, a name meaning ‘God is with us’. As we remember and imagine Mary and Joseph preparing for the arrival of their son, let us prepare for his coming by opening our hearts and minds to him.
Blessing of the Fourth Candle
Lord our God, we praise you for your Son, Jesus Christ: he is Emmanuel, the hope of the peoples; he is the way that leads to you; he is the Saviour of the world.
Lord God, let your blessing come upon us as we light the fourth candle of this wreath. May the coming of the Christ, the Light of the World, dispel any darkness in our lives.