O God, by whose word all things are sanctified, pour forth by blessing upon this wreath and grant that we who use it may prepare our hearts for the coming of Christ and may receive from Thee abundant graces. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Then my husband will light one of the three purple candles, and we'll pray:
O Lord, stir up Thy might, we beg Thee, and come, that by Thy protection we may deserve to be rescued from the threatening dangers of our sins and saved by Thy deliverance. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
I love Christmas, with all of its traditions--including the decorations, the tree with the gaily-wrapped presents under it, the sugar cookies shaped like stars and slathered with buttercream frosting and sprinkles, and the stockings hung by the chimney with care.
|This year, three of our sons have girlfriends who will be with us on Christmas. So I made them stockings out of red velveteen from Grandma's attic (remnants left over from the jumpers I made for my twin|
granddaughters last Christmas).