Nov 28, 2014

Lighting the Advent Wreath: Longest Night

Here’s a candle-lighting litany for a Longest Night or Blue Christmas service.  It was written by Dan Nighswander.

Candle Litany for Longest Night

We light the candle of Hope as we await the coming of Jesus,
who is our source of hope.

(candle of hope is lit)

Thank you, Lord, for the gift of hope, in our times of emptiness.

We light the candle of Peace,
knowing that Jesus is the Prince of Peace.

(candle of peace is lit)

Thank you, Lord, for the gift of peace in our times of uncertainty.

We light the candle of Joy,
knowing that our comfort and help come from God.

(candle of joy is lit)

Thank you, Lord, for the gift of joy in our times of sadness.

We light the candle of Love,
knowing that God is love revealed to us in Jesus Christ.

(candle of love is lit)

Thank you, Lord, for the gift of love in our times of loneliness.

In the beginning was the Word
and the Word was with God,
and the Word was God.

The Word became flesh and lived among us,
full of grace and truth.

In him was life, and that life was the light of all.
We light the Christ Candle, knowing that Jesus is our hope,
our peace, our joy and the source of love.

(the Christ candle is lit)

~ written by Dan Nighswander, in Longest Night Service. Posted on Mennonite Church Canada Resource Centre website. http://resources.mennonitechurch.ca/FileDownload/12311/Longest_Night_-_Dan_Nighswander.pdf