All make the sign of the cross, The leader begins:
Jesus Christ is the light of the world,
a light no darkness can overpower.
Blessed be the name of the Lord.
Now and for ever.
The leader may use these or similar words
to introduce the blessing:
These candles bring beauty and light into our home.
In the darkness, they tell us of God's gift of light
and of Christ, whose light we received at baptism.
Then the Scripture is read:
Listen to the words of the holy gospel
according to Luke: (Luke 2:25, 27-32)
The reader concludes:
This is the gospel of the Lord.
Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.
After a time of silence, all hold the lighted candles
as the leader begins:
Let us pray.
God of night and day,
we praise you for the brightness of our sun,
for the softer light of the moon
and the splendor of the stars,
for the fires that bring us light and warmth.
even as they imperil all who use them.
By the great and small lights we mark our days and seasons,
we brighten the night and bring warmth to our winter,
and in these lights we see light:
Jesus, whose light we receive in baptism,
whose light we carry by day and by night.
In the beauty of these candles,
keep us in quiet and in peace,
keep us safe and turn our hearts to you
that we may ourselves be light for our world.
All praise be yours through Christ,
the light of the nations,
the glory of Israel,
for ever and ever.
The leader says:
Let us bless the Lord.
All respond, making the sign of the cross:
Thanks be to God.
The service concludes with a song.