St. Patrick's Parish


Diocese of Dublin


The Lighting of Advent Candles

Prayers for the Lighting of Advent Candles


The First Week of Advent

Light one candle. Each time you light it say:

“The people who walk in darkness have seen a great light;

those who live in a land of deep shadow,

on them a light has shined.”                                    (Isaiah 9:2)


Almighty God,

grant that the love of your Son, Jesus Christ,

may so light our whole lives

that we need never again walk in darkness. Amen.


The Second Week of Advent

Light two candles. Each time you light the second one say:

‘There was a man sent from God whose name was John.

He came to bear witness to the coming of the light so that all might believe through him.’                                  (John 1: 6-7)


O God, help us to be ready for the coming of your Son,

the light of all who love him,

by making room for him in our hearts. Amen.


The Third Week of Advent

Light three candles. Each time you light the third one say:

'God so loved the world that he gave his only Son that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.’                                                                          (John 3:16)


Lord, we thank you for your great gift of love to us.

Help us, through Jesus, to love you more. Amen.


The Fourth Week of Advent

Light four candles. Each time you light the fourth one say:

"Lord, my eyes have seen the salvation which you have prepared for all people- a light to bring light to the Gentiles and the glory of your people Israel." (Luke 2:30-32)


Christmas Day

Light all four candles, as you light the Christ candle say:

Jesus said, "I am the light of the world; whoever follows me will not walk in darkness but will have the light of life."

                                                                                (John 8:12)


O God our Father, enlighten our hearts, and the hearts of all your children everywhere, with the inexpressible joy of the presence of your Son as once again we remember his blessed coming. Amen.


Father, we thank you for this happy day; for the joy of giving and the joy of receiving; for the food on our table and the friendship and love that bind us together. Grant that this light of good will may come to all people who are forgotten or oppressed, in pain or fear or sorrow, and bring them peace. This we ask in Jesus' name. Amen.