Nov 9, 2012

Candle-Lighting Litany: Blue Christmas


Here’s a advent wreath litany for a Blue Christmas (or Longest Night) service.  It comes from the Wellsprings website.

Advent Wreath Litany: Blue Christmas

We light our first candle
a single light that the deepest darkness cannot conquer –
small, insignificant –
but a sign of hope.

Let it speak to us of the tiny flame of hope buried within us –
the stubborn little light that refuses to be extinguished
by all that life has thrown at it.

We light our second candle
a companion to the first –
equally small, equally insignificant –
but witnessing to hope that another light brings.

Let it speak to us of the lights of companionship –
of our families and our friends –
of strangers
and kindnesses found in unexpected places
that restored our hope in human nature.

We light our third candle
recalling nights of watching and waiting –
sleepless, anxious –
when dawn seemed to ebb further from the horizon
and hope seemed forlorn.

Let it speak to us of the sureness of morning –
of the passing of darkness
of suffering –
and the promise of an eternal sunrise
dawning for those we have loved and lost
and dawning too for us –
though we may yet be in that darkest hour before the dawn.

We light our fourth candle –
marking the closing of the Advent season
and the immediacy of Christmas –
a time of peace and joy we may not ourselves feel able to welcome –
as our spirits dwell in dark and wintriness.

Let it speak to us of hope –
of being together in this place of healing and wholenesss –
of our companionship this night
at the turning of the year –
of faith that we and those we have loved and lost
are held eternally in the hand of the One who brought light into being –
and who knows each one of us by name.

~ from Blue Christmas Service on the Wellsprings website.  To see the entire service, click here: http://www.wellsprings.org.uk/liturgies/blue_christmas.htm