Advent Wreath Lighting for Year B

The same pic I use every year.

At the end of Day 2 of Study Leave, I offer up these Advent Wreath Litanies for Year B (all texts Revised Songbird Version*, except Christmas Eve, which is NRSV). You are welcome to use them! Just let me know in the comments. If you are using the Narrative Lectionary, you will find Advent wreath liturgies for Year 1 here.

Advent 1B (based on Isaiah 64:1-4)

Reader One: Isaiah the Prophet cried out to God, I wish you would open the heavens that separate us and come down, making the mountains quake because you are here. Make your name known to all who are against you. Make the nations tremble because of your presence.
Reader Two: You came before and did awesome deeds that we did not expect; you made our world shake at the sight of you. In all the history of the world, no ears have heard and no eyes have seen any God other than you.
Reader One: You work for those who wait for you.
Reader Two: We wait and hope, as we light this candle.
(Please pause as we light one candle, then respond.)
All: Loving God, come and shine your light in the world!

Advent 2B (based on Isaiah 40:1-2, 9-11)

Reader One: Isaiah the Prophet reassured the people, God is sending words of comfort to you, speaking tenderly to you. God promises that your hard labor is over, your sentence has been served and your penalty has been paid. You are forgiven not once but double all that is needed.
Reader Two: Go up to a high mountain, and call out the good news! Lift your voices up with strength and call out the good news! Do not be afraid! Your God is coming.
Reader One: Our God is mighty, but our God is also gentle. God loves the flock and will feed it just the way a shepherd would, holding us close like lambs and guiding us, old and young.
Reader Two: We wait for God’s peace and live in God’s hope as we light these candles.
(Please pause as we light two candles, then respond.)
All: Loving God, come and shine your light in the world!

Advent 3B (based on Isaiah 61:1-4)

Reader One: Isaiah the Prophet announced it. The Spirit of God is with me, because I have been chosen to bring good news to the abused, to bandage the wounds of the heartbroken, and to release those who are in prisons of all kinds. I am here to proclaim a good year in God’s sight, a time when things will be set right.
Reader Two: I am here to comfort the grieving and to dress them for happy times instead of sad ones.
Reader One: The people who are healed and comforted will be like strong trees, upright and loyal to God. They will be like a forest planted to show God’s glory. They will rebuild the world and show everyone God’s power.
Reader Two: We wait for the day of God’s joy, and live in God’s peace and hope, as we light these candles.
(Please pause as we light three candles, then respond.)
All: Loving God, come and shine your light in the world!

Advent 4B (based on Psalm 89:19-23)

Reader One: The Psalmist received a vision from God, who said, I have put a crown on the head of a new king, a mighty one chosen and anointed with oil.
Reader Two: My hand will always be with him; my arm will strengthen him.
Reader One: My faithfulness and steadfast love will be with the one I’ve chosen.
Reader Two: We wait for God’s love coming to us. The day of God’s joy is soon coming. We live in God’s peace and hope as we light these candles.
(Please pause as we light four candles, then respond.)
All: Loving God, come and shine your light in the world!

Christmas Eve Year B (based on Isaiah 9:2, 6-7)

Reader One: Hear the words of the Prophet Isaiah: “The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who lived in a land of deep darkness on them light has shined…For a child has been born for us, a son given to us; authority rests upon his shoulders; and he is named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”
Reader Two: “His authority shall grow continually, and there shall be endless peace for the throne of David and his kingdom. He will establish and uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time onward and forevermore. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will do this.”
Reader One: We stand on the brink of God’s time and light again the candles of Hope, Peace, Joy and Love.
Reader Two: We light the Christ Candle to celebrate the birth of our Savior, Jesus, the light coming into the world.
(Please pause as we light the candles, then respond.)
All: Loving God, come and shine your light in the world!

*And by Revised Songbird Version, I mean I’m reading the New Revised Standard Version and playing around with it to get phrases we will understand easily when we only get to read them once and in a hurry on Sunday morning.


35 thoughts on “Advent Wreath Lighting for Year B

  1. Ron

    Thanks for creating and sharing these, Martha! I plan to use your ones for Year B this Advent Season! Appreciate your ministry to pastors like me!


  2. I am planning to use these in Arkansas this Advent. Thank you so much for sharing your gifts. It is such a gift to those of us (me) who get bogged down in trying to write the perfect liturgy.


  3. revkarla

    Sure glad I checked your blog before writing my Advent litanies 😉 The good people of Old North Church in Marblehead will be blessed by your candle litanies this Advent B 2014!!! (at least the week I preach….)


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  6. These are perfect! First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Covington, Kentucky will use these, starting this week! (It’s hard to believe Advent is here.) Thank you.


  7. Pat

    Thank you for your inspiration. I am using your Liturgies in Washburn Illinois and Henry Illinois–yes, I serve 2 churches. I did add a prayer at the end of each.


  8. Jim McCrea

    Thank you for sharing these, Martha. They are beautifully done and we will be using them at First Presbyterian Church in Galena, Illinois.


  9. Barbara Jacobs

    Thank you for sharing these advent wreath liturgies. This is a great help. Captain Barbara Jacobs / The Salvation Army of Galveston County, Galveston, TX


  10. Annie Helms

    Thank you for a great resource. I’ll be incorporating these into our liturgies at First Presbyterian of East Moriches and Remsenburg Community Church on Long Island.


  11. Steve Allman

    Thanks for this resource. I’m planning to use your liturgy at Calvary St. Andrews Presbyterian Parish and Laurelton United Presbyterian Church in Rochester, NY.


  12. Cynthia Barton

    Thank you for sharing your work. I have been looking for something biblically based but user-friendly that will allow our congregation to be involved in lighting the advent candles. I will try to have different people light the candles each week, and I think your words will help us accomplish this! Thank you from the Trona Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Trona, California.


  13. Rebecca

    Thanks for sharing these … the way that you have incorporated scripture is a blessing. We will be using them in two small churches in Kentucky.


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