Candle Light


©Jeanne E Webster

Have you ever attended a Christmas Eve service?  If not, you have missed a Christmas blessing.  The minister delivers a short sermon, a few Christmas songs are sung, and then the grand finale…the closure that seals the spirit for the dawning of Christmas Day: 

Each person is handed a small candle with a cardboard collar for catching drips.  Then the lights are dimmed and the minister begins the lighting of the candles.  The warmth of the Holy Spirit descending upon the participants is soon felt throughout the sanctuary.  Prayers are spoken and the final Christmas carol is begun:


Silent night!  Holy night!  All is calm, all is bright

Round yon Virgin Mother and Child!  Holy Infant, so tender and mild,

Sleep in heavenly peace, sleep in heavenly peace.


 Silent night!  Holy night!   Shepherds quake at the sight,

Glories stream from heaven afar, heavenly hosts sing, “Alleluia;

Christ the Savior is born, Christ the Savior is born.”


Silent night!  Holy night! Son of God, love’s pure Light

Radiant beams from Thy holy face, with the dawn of redeeming grace,

Jesus, Lord, at Thy birth, Jesus, Lord, at Thy birth.


Silent night!  Holy night!  Wondrous Star, lend thy light;

With the angels let us sung, Alleluia to our King;

Christ the Savior is born, Christ the Savior is born.  Amen


And there amid the candled darkness –a hushed humming of Silent Night reverberates throughout–

Many hearts are lifted high as the heavens

and the spirits quiver and tremble

with the same hope of the shepherd boys long ago

on a dark, still night in Bethlehem: 

Peace on earth and goodwill to men!

14 comments on “Candle Light

  1. I have been to thanksgiving services, christmas eve services, and new years eve services for years now. They are some of the most beautiful services I have ever attended. Year after year, they just keep getting better and better. Great post!

  2. Pam Ford Davis says:

    According to tradition…The first time “Silent Night” was performed it was played on the guitar, because the church organ needed repairs. Our daughter played “Silent Night” on her acoustic guitar at our church one Christmas; I was very proud of her!

  3. Brush Arbors says:

    Silent night! My favorite song for christmas eve… candle light service!… It’s been a long time sence… think i’ll try it this year… sounds very heart warming…. Before I forget…. Merry Christmas to you and yours… Many Blessings…. Bro Pat…

  4. Debbie says:

    One of my very favorite times. I’m working this year but have wonderful memories of so many Silent Nights by candlelight. Lovely, Jeanne.

  5. enitsirk24 says:

    I’ve been there and I love this time! Cannot wait to do this again next weekend.

  6. I attend Midnight Mass. It is a lovely service, however, a wee bit different.

  7. Dicky says:

    Jeanne, the Christmas story you retold here still warms my heart. Let us all celebrate the birth of or Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

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