Practicing Celebration Soul Sculpting Project: A 5 Minute Advent for Week 3
What do you value? What rituals support that value?
Every time we do a ritual, like an Advent service, we are helping ourselves, and those with us, to create a mental story that reminds us of what we value.
Scientists who study ritual have found that frequent performance of rituals helps us remember who we are and what we believe.
Rituals are one way our children and friends learn what we value.
Third Week of Advent Theme: Angels and Shepherds
Materials needed: 3 candles
Order of Service
- Sing a carol: Angels We Have Heard on High
Angels we have heard on high
Sweetly singing o’er the plains.
And the mountains in reply
Echoing their joyous strains.
Gloria, in excelsis Deo
Gloria, in excelsis Deo
2. Light candles Dim the room lights
Light first candle and say:
“We light this candle in honor of Mary.”
Light second candle and say:
“We light this candle in honor of Joseph.”
Light third candle and say:
“We light this candle in honor of the angels and shepherds.”
3. Read Luke 2:8-20 by candle light
And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified.
But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”
Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
“Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”
When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”
So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.
The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.
4. Pray: Short thank-you prayers, requests, or the Lord’s Prayer.
5. Sing a carol: Silent night
Silent night, holy night
All is calm, all is bright.
Round yon Virgin, Mother, Mother and Child
Holy infant so tender and mild.
Sleep in heavenly peace
Sleep in heavenly peace.
6. Blow-out the candles.