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Let our complacency give way to conversion and our judgments

to compassionate acceptance of others.

Turn oppression to justice and transform conflict to peaceful accord.
We ask this in the name of Jesus, who draws near,
who lives and reigns with You,and the Holy Spirit, one God for ever and ever. Amen.
Please be seated.

First Week of Advent (first purple condle is processed in)

God, we wait for the coming of your Son, Jesus, into our hearts and our lives this Advent.
Help us to always follow him as the light of the world.
Let us go rejoicing to the house of the Lord.
Second Week of Advent (second purple condle is processed in)
God, we look forward to Christmas and the joy it brings.
Help us to share our happiness with others during this Advent season.
Justice shall flourish in his time, and fullness of peace for ever.

Third Week of Advent (the pink condle is processed in)

God, as Christmas draws nearer we decorate our homes in preparation

for our celebration of the birthday of Jesus.

Help us remember always that Jesus is the reason for our celebration.

Lord, come and save us.

Fourth Week of Advent (the lost purple condle is processed in)

God, during this Advent season we prepare our hearts for the coming of Jesus.
Help us to be the kind of people you created us to be now and throughout the year.



A reading from the Gospel of John (1:6-9).

God sent his messenger, a man named John,
who came to teil people about the light,
so that all should hear the message and believe.
He himself was not the light; he came to tell about the light.
This was the real light- the light that comes into the world and shines on all people.
The Gospel of the Lord.
Praise to You, Lord Jesus Christ

We pause in silence now to reflect on how we can open ourselves up to the light of Christ this
Advent and on how we can bring that light to others.

VIDEO REFLECTION: "Light Headed" (4:30 mins)

"A condle con only give light if it let itself be consumed by the ftome. tt would remoin useless if its wax failed to
nourish the fire. Allow Christ to burn in you, even ot the cost of sacrifice ond renunciation. Do not be ofraid that you
might lose something and, so to speok, emerge empty-honded ot the end. Hove the couroge to opply your talents
and gifts for God's kingdom and to give yourselves - like condle wox - so thot the Lord con light up the dorkness
through you. Dare to be glowing soints, in whose eyes ond heorts the love of Christ beoms ond who thus bring tight
to the world." Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI