Nov 27, 2011

Christmas Litany: Welcome the Light!

Here’s a praise litany for Christmas.  It was written by Jennifer Phillips, the Vicar of St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church in Kingston, Rhode Island.

A Song of Praise for Christ’s Birth

In a little town, known for nothing much,
God’s holy child was born.
Welcome the Light!
By the faint light of the moon,
Mary and Joseph found their way.
Welcome the Light!
Shown by a courtyard fire,
the open stable door.
Welcome the Light!
Warm breath of resting beasts,
kindly sparkle in their eyes.
Welcome the Light!
In the shadowy stable stall,
Joseph kindled a lamp.
Welcome the Light!
There Mary gave birth to Jesus,
called God-With-Us.
Welcome the Light!
Angels opened the doors of heaven,
sang, “Glory to God in the heights!”
Welcome the Light!
Shepherds saw the sky ablaze,
left their sheep and came to see.
Welcome the Light!
In the darkest winter night,
God set a brilliant star.
Welcome the Light!
Magi from the East
divined God’s shining sign.
Welcome the Light!
And on this Christmas night
with joy, we greet the Child.
Welcome the Light!

— written by Jennifer Phillips, the Vicar of St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church in Kingston, Rhode Island. She can be reached at revjphillips@earthlink.net. Posted on the Worship Well website.

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