Reader: The fifth candle is purple reminding us of our need to repent before we can meet the coming Christ. "Repent, for the kingdom of God is at hand."
Reading: Preparing the Way: Mark 1:1-8, 14-15
Prayer: Lord, help us to make straight the way for You to come to us when we celebrate Your Holy Nativity. Grant us Your grace so that we can be rid of our selfish pride and our many sins. Grant us tears of repentance so that we may be restored in our communion with You. Amen.
Carol: O Holy Night