Advent 3 (Year A) – Prayer

A prayer for lighting the third candle on the Advent ring.  This prayer draws on the readings set for the Third Sunday of Advent, Year A, in the Church of England Revised Common Lectionary. This Sunday is also known as Gaudete Sunday, Latin for ‘Rejoice’, on which the pink/rose coloured candle is lit if used.

img_8101Advent 3 (Year A)

God of rejoicing

you refresh the dry places,

strengthen the weak and fearful,

and at your presence

sorrow and sighing flee away.

May this light shine into our hearts

to bring confidence to trust

that your promise will be fulfilled

in this world and the next.

Come, Lord Jesus. Amen.


© Ian Black 2013

About Revd Canon Ian Black

Ian is Vicar of Peterborough, Canon Residentiary of Peterborough Cathedral and Rural Dean of Peterborough. He previously served for 10 years in Leeds, as Vicar of Whitkirk and as a member of the Chapter of Ripon Cathedral. He has also worked in Kent in Maidstone and as priest-in-charge of a group of parishes 10 miles north west of Canterbury. He was a Minor Canon of Canterbury Cathedral, a prison chaplain and Assistant Director of Post-Ordination Training for the Diocese of Canterbury. Prior to ordination Ian had a career in tax, both with the Inland Revenue as a PAYE Auditor and a firm of Chartered Accountants as a Tax Accountant. Ian is married with two sons. He is the author of three books of prayers: Prayers for all occasions (SPCK 2011), Intercessions for Years A, B & C (SPCK 2009) and Intercessions for the Calendar of Saints and Holy Days (SPCK 2005). His latest book is 'Follow me: living the sayings of Jesus' (Sacristy Press 2017). He has been writing online since the mid 1990s.
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