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Dec. 6: Second Sunday of Advent

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Here is a short primer on the prayer to pray during the second week of Advent, and how to light the candles on an Advent wreath.

Short prayer:
On each Sunday during Advent, or the evening before, gather family and friends and place the candles in the wreath. If you prefer prayers specific to each Sunday in Advent, Ignatius Press suggests:

Second Week (Dec. 6)
God of power and mercy, open our hearts in welcome. Remove the things that hinder us from receiving Christ with joy so that we may share his wisdom and become one with him when he comes in glory, for he lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever.

The sequence of the candles is to light the first purple candle the first weekend of Advent, move clockwise and light a second purple candle on the second week, and then the third week, Gaudete Sunday, the pink candle is lit. The last purple candle is lit on the fourth Sunday of Advent.

© Arlington Catholic Herald 2020