On this the Fourth Sunday of Advent we light a Fourth candle:
the candle of LOVE.
If you have advent candles at home – light Four candles each day until Christmas.
Here is a Prayer you might like to use as you do so:
We light this candle to remind us that the transforming love of God is coming into the world.
God with us, God beside us, comes soon to the world he has made.
We are God’s children:
We seek the coming of Christ. Come Lord Jesus. Amen.
Reading: a poem
Carol – We three kings
These antiphons, or refrains, all beginning ‘O …’, were sung according to the Roman use, on the seven days preceding Christmas Eve (17–23 December). They are addressed to God, calling for him to come, with a tapestry of scriptural titles and pictures that describe his saving work in Christ. It is not known when and by whom the antiphons were composed, but they were already in use by the eighth century.
Here I will for each of these ‘days’ give the title and the relevant verse from that famous Advent Hymn for you to read or sing.
December 20 – O come thou Lord of David’s key
O come, thou Lord of David’s key !
The royal door fling wide and free
Safeguard for us the heavenward road
And bar the way to death’s abode.
Rejoice ! Rejoice ! Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.