Nov 12, 2012

Advent Song: Take this light

Anglican parish priest Doug Chaplin (MetaCatholic blog) has written a song for the lighting of the Advent wreath.  It has five verses—one for each Sunday of Advent, and one for Christmas Day.  The suggested tune is Personent Hodie.  

Song for the Lighting of the Advent Wreath

Take this light, let it shine:
call of God, love divine,
summons old Abram’s line,
hope for all the nations
gift of God’s salvation.

Shine, O candles, shine,
Burn with love divine,
to the night,
comes the light
of the Father’s glory.

Take this flame, let it burn:
prophets called: “From sin turn,
come to God, evil spurn:
God will love and pardon,
bear away your burden.”

Take this wick, let it glow
for the one come to show
way of God, Christ to know:
baptise in the river,
new life to deliver.

Take this spark, let it blaze,
Mary’s called: girl amazed,
now says yes, God be praised.
In the womb of woman,
God’s Word now is human.

Take this fire, let it flame,
God is born in our frame,
sinless child tastes our shame,
sin’s might he is breaking;
new the world is making.

—posted on Bosco Peter’s Liturgy: Worship that Works blog. If used in worship, please credit Doug Chaplin.