From a reader…
Father, is it appropriate to replace the penitential rite with the lighting of the advent wreath?
The longer explanation is, course, Nooooooooo.
I think there is a blessing for a wreath that can be used during Mass in the Ordinary Form on the 1st Sunday of Advent only, and only in countries where it has been approved. That doesn’t apply to other Sundays of Advent. Also, in no way does it substitute for the penitential rite of Mass. You bless the thing, light the candles, Mass goes on as it should according to the book.
This sounds like the triumph of low information sentimentality over good Catholic common sense.