Service of Light for Candlemas

A short liturgy for Candlemas used at Breakfast Church this morning.

(adapted from http://www.limerickdiocese.org/uploads/File/PastoralDevelopmentFiles/liturgy/candlemas%20for%20children.pdf)

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Leader: Today is the feast of the Presentation of our Lord in the Temple.

It is also called the feast of Candlemas.

We gather to ask Gods blessing on us,

that we might walk in the light of God’s love all our lives.

 

Light

Leader :

I light a candle to say thank you for the sun, which brightens our days and shows us all the beauty of your world
We thank God and say: Thank you for the light.

I light a candle to say thank you for the moon and stars which light up the night sky and once showed travellers the way.
We thank God and say: Thank you for the light.

I light a candle to say thank you for Jesus, the Light of the World, who came to show us the way to God our Father.
We thank God and say: Thank you for the light

 

Darkness

Some people in our world today don’t have a lot of light in their lives. Perhaps they experience the darkness of bullying, of hunger, of loneliness, or of violence.

 

Leader:

We bring to mind any part of our own lives that feel dark or lonely.

Blow out one candle

We think of people who have dark and sad times in their lives.

Blow out one candle

We remember how our world sometimes judges people, discriminates or ignores people, leaving them alone and in the dark

Blow out final candle

Without the love of God, we can too easily live in darkness

 

Reading: Luke 2, 22-40 (Light ‘Jesus’ candle at appropriate point)

 

Thoughts on the reading.

 

Song: Like a candle flame (StF 176)

  1. Like a candle flame, flickering small in our darkness

uncreated light shines through infant eyes.

God is with us, alleluia. Come to save us, alleluia. Alleluia!

 

  1. Stars and angels sing, yet the earth sleeps in shadows;

can this tiny spark set a world on fire?

God is with us, alleluia etc.

 

  1. Yet his light shall shine from our lives, Spirit blazing,

as we touch the flame of his holy fire.

God is with us, alleluia etc.

©1998 Graham Kendrick/Make Way Music Ltd.

 

Light small individual candles from the ‘Jesus’  candle.

 

Prayers:

Leader : Our friendship can bring the light of Jesus love into the lives of others. We pray now for all who need our help.

 

Help us to bring light to those who live in countries where there is war. May all live in peace. Response: Hear us, O Lord

 

Help us to bring light to those who are starving. May everyone have enough to eat. Response: Hear us, O Lord

 

Help us to bring light to those who are homeless. May everyone have safe and loving homes. Response: Hear us, O Lord

 

Help us to bring light to those who are sick. May all receive the medical help they need when they are sick. Response: Hear us, O Lord

 

Help us to bring light to those who live in poverty, and especially those who are not able to go to school. May all have access to education. Response: Hear us, O Lord

 

Prayer of St. Theresa

Christ has no body now but ours
No hands, no feet on earth but ours
Ours are the eyes through which He looks in compassion on this world.  

Let us go now to reflect the light of Christ in our world.

Amen

 

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