Words for the wreath – looking ahead to Advent

I thought I’d break off today from the series I’m working on to look ahead. I know that in the parish, once the extra services of remembrance were past, I started to turn my attention to organising the Advent liturgy. There are many fine prayers around for the lighting of the Advent wreath, but there are fewer good songs or hymns.

A friend and colleague, Mark Earey has written one of the good ones, called “Advent candles tell their story” which is in the newest edition of Hymns Ancient and Modern. Today, though, I offer one that I wrote and used in the parish, together with the texts I used to accompany it. It is set to the carol tune Personent Hodie. Like other hymns and prayers I publish here, the hymn is published under a Creative Commons 4.0 4.0 CC BY-NC-SA licence, so you are free to copy and use it if you so wish.

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