This is the prayer for the blessing of the advent wreath issued by the Archdiocese of Manila
Lord God,your Church joyfully awaits the coming of its Savior,who enlightens our heartsand dispels the darkness of ignorance and sin.Pour forth your blessings upon usas we light the candles of this wreath;may their light reflect the splendor of Christ,who is Lord, forever and ever.
Please tell me if I am dyslexic or there is really nothing in there that prays to God to bless the wreath.
Why not just pray: "Lord, bless this wreath."
Compare this blessing courtesy of Fish Eaters:
O God, by whose word all things are sanctified, pour forth Thy 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.
By the way, folks, this blessing is a traditional blessing by families who gather around their own house advent wreath.
This prayer looks more churchy to me. Don't you think?
Which leads me...
Which of the two are really a blessing?a. The Archdiocese of Manila's versionb. The Fish Eater's version
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