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Sunday, November 29, 2009

Sunday Afternoon Music Video: Christ, Be Our Light

Blessed First Sunday of Advent!

Such a consolation to light the wreath at Saturday night dinner, and to sing Advent hymns during bedtime prayer with my daugher Ladybug. I thought about posting some of those beloved classics, but ended up with one by Bernadette Farrell that may be new to many. I sang it, heart exultant and lighted candle in hand, at a powerful liturgy with a beloved community a little less than two months ago....And have turned to it again and again for hope as that community cracked and buckled and finally died. Like the old liturgical year, and the cracked and buckled and dead places in our world and our hearts, may all that was of God in it rest in peace and rise in glory with Christ our Morning Star.

Longing for light, we wait in darkness;
Longing for truth, we turn to you;
Make us your own, your holy people,
Light for the world to see:

Christ, be our light,
shine in our hearts,
shine through the darkness.

Christ, be our light,
shine in your church,
gathered today.


  1. Thank you so much for this, Sophia. I tried and tried to find a youtube of this song a few weeks ago without success, so I am extremely glad that you fared better.

  2. You're welcome, Gannet, and I am so glad that it also speaks to your heart. I did wish this one had more video but it was the best vocal presentation and that seemed to be the crucial piece.

  3. It's our closing hymn for all of Advent. LOVE it. Love the change in tonality and "feel" of the piece between the "this is now" verses and the "this is also now, and will continue to be" refrain. Great lyric.

  4. We sang this one last night as well...and I love it's depth and hope!

    Thanks! We are doing an entrance rite based on O, Come, O Come Emmanuel which flows right into a chanted penitential rite, which I loved, too...


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