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December 21: Candle, John 1.5 | Isaiah 9.2 | Isaiah 35.1 – 10

December 21: Candle, John 1.5 | Isaiah 9.2 | Isaiah 35.1 – 10

Longest Night is observed by many congregations in recognition that Christmas can also be a time of grief for many whose lives do not reflect the common depictions of a family gathered round in harmony.

On this longest night of the year, what lingers in the dark places that you wait for the light to overcome?

“Rank on rank the host of heaven, Spreads its vanguard on the way, As the Light of light descendeth, From the realms of endless day, Comes the powers of hell to vanquish, As the darkness clears away,”

Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence is an ancient Eucharistic chant from Habakkuk 2:20, AD 275. Ralph Vaughan Williams arranged a translation of the Greek by Gerard Moultrie

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