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Posted on: December 3rd, 2021

Isaiah 29: 17-24
Psalm 27: 1-6, 17-18
Matthew 9: 27-31

The Season of Advent comes at the time of year in the northern hemisphere as we move into visibly shorter daylight hours and into longer nights.   I can think of no better reflection on our heart’s longing for Christ’s coming into our hearts at this season than can be found in the words of the hymn, Christ, be our Light, by Bernadette Farrell.  We sing this hymn at Evening Prayer as the sun is setting and darkness begins to settle.  It expresses our longing to keep the light of Christ bright in our hearts, even in the darkest of nights.  I pray that as you reflect on the scriptures and prayers of this Advent season, that you too will find these words speak to your heart and our world’s longing for light.

1. 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.

Refrain: Christ, be our light! Shine in our hearts. Shine through the darkness.
Christ, be our light! Shine in your Church gathered today.

2. Longing for peace, our world is troubled. Longing for hope, many despair.
Your word alone has power to save us. Make us your living voice. Refrain1

Sr. Elizabeth Ann, SSJD