Chalice Lighting for Advent

A white candle burns, in a dim room, resting near evergreen and pinecone. Twinkly lights are visible in the background.

Rabbi, Teacher,
Wonderful Counselor,
Lamb of God,
Light of Love,
Anointed One,
Word and Bread of Life,
Son of God and woman,
Emmanuel,

Kindle our Chalice today.
Set our hearts ablaze with
Your pure and radical Love.
Help us to a faith that can
Heal the sick and
Feed the hungry masses.

Be with us now.
Help us to welcome
The refugee,
To stave off the slaughter
Of innocents.

Show us your mercy.

Help us to see that
For the smallest, the humblest,
The least of these
Burns the brightest star.

About the Author

Mary Shelden

Mary Shelden, a white, cisgender, bi woman of size, serves as Director of Lifespan Religious Exploration at Countryside Church UU in Palatine, IL—the same congregation her family attended when she was a child. She lives with her beloved same-sex partner/spouse of nearly 24 years. They have a...

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