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Christmas Eve/Day


by Cynthia Langston Kirk

Lighting the Christ Candle

The Light is come and the darkness shall not overcome it! That Light is named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Ever- lasting Parent, Prince of Peace. His name is Emmanuel: “God with us.” Hope has come. Joy has come. We light this candle to symbolize that the Light of the World has come. Thanks be to God.


Love Incarnate, we sing a new song to you today—a lullaby of gratitude. We give thanks with the moon and sun that illuminate your Good News. We sing praise with stars sparkling at the wonder of your birth. Awaken us more fully to the miracle of an infant who transformed the world. Transform our lives with your Love. Amen.

Cynthia Langston Kirk is a poet and a minister living in Tucson, Arizona. Cynthia and her husband enjoy spending time with their grandchildren and godchildren. Read more of her writing at

Credit: Advent/Christmas prayers by Cynthia Langston Kirk. © 2012 Alive Now. Permission granted to use in corporate worship settings. From November/December 2012 Alive Now. Copyright © 2012 by The Upper Room. 

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