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Advent Prayers

Find popular Catholic prayers for Advent, the season of preparation for Christmas, including prayers for the Advent wreath and the Saint Andrew Christmas Novena.
  1. The O Antiphons (7)

The O Antiphons
The O Antiphons are the inspiration for the Advent hymn "O Come O Come Emmanuel." Find the Latin text and links to English translations.

Saint Andrew Christmas Novena
This prayer is often called the "Christmas Novena" or the "Christmas Anticipation Prayer," because it is prayed 15 times every day from the Feast of Saint Andrew the Apostle (November 30) until Christmas. In the novena, we ask God to grant our request in the honor of the birth of His Son at Christmas.

Bless an Advent Wreath
Find complete instructions on how to bless your Advent wreath at the beginning of Advent.

Advent Wreath Prayer for the First Week of Advent
In our prayer for the Advent wreath for the first week of Advent, we ask Christ to come, to set us free from our sins and from the punishment that we deserve. He is our salvation.

Advent Wreath Prayer for the Second Week of Advent
In this prayer for the Advent wreath for the second week of Advent, we ask Christ to move us to action, so that we can prepare ourselves for His coming at Christmas.

Advent Wreath Prayer for the Third Week of Advent
In the prayer for the Advent wreath for the third week of Advent, we anticipate Christmas, and so we ask Christ to grant us His grace that we might be prepared for welcoming His Birth.

Advent Wreath Prayer for the Fourth Week of Advent
In our Advent wreath prayer for the fourth and final week of Advent, we ask Christ to forgive us for our sins and, through His grace, to create us anew when He comes.

Scripture Reading for the Blessing of an Advent Wreath
This passage from the Prophet Isaiah reminds us that Christ is our light, and that His Birth brought us out of the darkness of sin and saved us. It is often read during the blessing of an Advent wreath.

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