Dec 2, 2016

Litany: Luke 2: 25-32

Here’s a litany inspired by Simeon’s song (Nunc Dimittis) found in Luke 2:25-32. It was written by Dr. Sheila Klassen-Wiebe, Associate Professor of New Testament at Canadian Mennonite University in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

Seeing God’s Salvation
A Litany for Advent based on Simeon’s Song
(Luke 2: 25-32)

1:         Simeon saw God’s salvation in a little child
2:         A light for revelation to the Gentiles
3:         And for glory to the people Israel

1:         We too long to see God’s salvation:
2:         healing for broken bodies
3:         hope for broken lives
2:         light for those in the darkness of war
3:         warmth for those in the chill of fear

1:         We long to see the glory of angels
2:         Peace on earth, good news for all
3:         Harbingers of joy, glimpses of grace
2:         On earth as it is in heaven.

1:         Simeon saw God’s salvation in a little child
3:         Radiant light, glory streaming down
2:         Stretching across the centuries to us today.

1:         Our eyes can see God’s salvation too:
2:         healing for broken bodies
3:         hope for broken lives
2:         light for those in the darkness of war
3:         warmth for those in the chill of fear

1:         Open our ears to hear good news of peace today.
2:         Open our eyes to see glimpses of your grace
            in enemy and friend.
1:         Open our lips to sing with joy.
3:         Open our lives to bear fruit for your reign,
            on earth as it is in heaven.

All:       Like Simeon, we have seen God’s salvation
1:         And his name is Jesus.

~ written by Dr. Sheila Klassen-Wiebe, Associate Professor of New Testament at Canadian Mennonite University in Winnipeg, Manitoba.