The Season of Light: Daily Prayer for the Lighting of the Advent Wreath   -     By: Jay Cormier
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The Season of Light: Daily Prayer for the Lighting of the Advent Wreath

Liturgical Press / 1997 / Paperback

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The Season of Light is a guide for families, households, communities, and parishes who wish to make the lighting of the Advent candles a daily prayer. From the first Sunday of Advent until Christmas Day, The Season of Light provides a brief liturgy that is based on the structure of Vespers or Evening Prayer in the Liturgy of the Hours. The liturgy includes the lighting of the candles (the lucernarium), a reading from the Advent Scriptures, petitions, collect, and a final blessing (including the option of a table blessing for those who wish to light the wreath before the evening meal).

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Format: Paperback
Vendor: Liturgical Press
Publication Date: 1997
Dimensions: 8 1/4 X 5 1/2 (inches)
ISBN: 0814624685
ISBN-13: 9780814624685
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The Season of Light is a guide for families, households, classrooms, communities, and parishes who wish to make the lighting of the Advent candles a daily prayer. For each day of the season, from the First Sunday of Advent until Christmas Day, The Season of Light offers a brief liturgy that is based on the structure of Vespers or Evening Prayer in the Liturgy of the Hours: the lighting of the candles (the lucernarium"), a reading from the Advent Scriptures, petitions and collect, and a final blessing.

The Advent wreath is one of the most enduring customs of the Christmas season. Rich in meaning, the four lights of the Advent wreath kindle "our blessed hope and manifestation of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ." (Titus 2:13). It is a symbol of our faith: that light and life will triumph over darkness and death, that our hope in God's providence and love will never leave us disappointed.

With this rich tradition in mind, Jay Cormier has structured the daily liturgies in The Season of Light as follows: "The Lucernarium," the lighting of the candle(s); "The Word of God," in which a lector reads a Scripture passage that reflects the Advent themes of joyful expectation and the restoration of justice and peace in the dawning of Jesus Christ, the Light of the World; and "Prayers," in which the presider or leader offers petitions and all respond. Then the Lord's Prayer is recited, and the final collect and the blessing (including a scriptural blessing and a table blessing before meals) are offered by the presider.

The structure and prayers in The Season of Light are offered as suggestions; adaptions are encouraged. For example, families may wish to make the intercessions an opportunity for spontaneous prayers offered by participants; groups with musical ability and leadership may want to incorporate hymns from the rich treasury of Advent and Christian hymnody; those who pray the Liturgy of the Hours regularly might consider including the Advent wreath custom with the psalms and prayers of the Hours.

Designed for all those who wish to make the Advent wreath a daily prayer and part of their Christmas observance and tradition, The Season of Light helps Christians celebrate that we are an Advent people: a people who live in the eternal hope and expectation of the ever-burning light of Jesus Christ.

Jay Cormier is the editor of Connections, a newsletter of ideas and resources for homilists. The Liturgical Press has also published his Lord, Hear Our Prayer: The Prayer of the Faithful for Sundays, Holy Days, and Ritual Masses and The Family Advent Wreath: Blessings and Prayers.

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Jay Cormier, DMin, is editor of Connections, a monthly newsletter of ideas and resources for homilists and preachers. He is also an adjunct professor of humanities and communications at St. Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire, and leads workshops for clergy and laity in preaching skills and liturgy. Cormier has contributed to many religious journals including America, Worship, and U.S. Catholic and is the author of several books, including previous editions of Waiting in Joyful Hope: Daily Reflections for Advent and Christmas and Not by Bread Alone: Daily Reflections for Lent, published by Liturgical Press.

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    The Season of Light connects the lay Catholic with the church's liturgical practices and celebrations by using the liturgical format. Yet, one could choose parts of it to suit their particular personal or family Advent celebrations. It is structured so that different family members could take "parts" such as Leader for an interactive Advent celebration.
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