This Is the Hour

A person's hands and lower arms: the hands touch at the fingertips, palms separated, pointed upwards as if in prayer.

This is the hour. The time has come. Mindful of our responsibilities as leaders of this faith and guardians of the living tradition, we call upon that great cloud of witnesses—those who came before, those who are here now and those who have yet to come. We seek their presence, love and support in this place at this hour. We kindle this flame to light their path and call them near as we undertake this sacred work.