Winter Solstice Litany

The silhouettes of empty tree branches behind blowing snow.

Congregational response: “Blessings and praise!”

For the darkness that nourishes our spirits;
for the seasons that remind us that each moment has its own beauty;
for generosity in whatever form:
 Blessings and praise!

For snowy winter mornings before a single footstep disturbs the stillness;
for candles gleaming through the night;
for the gifts of sorrow and transformation;
for memories of those long gone:
 Blessings and praise!

For the children who find such magic in this season;
for the brave birds who stay with us all winter;
for the scent of greenery:
 Blessings and praise!

For the sun returning:
 Blessings and praise! [raise volume]
For the sun returning:
 Blessings and praise! [louder]
For the sun returning:
 Blessings and praise! [shout!]

About the Author

Florence Caplow

Rev. Florence Caplow is the minister of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Urbana Champaign, in Urbana, Illinois. She is also a writer, editor, and ordained Soto Zen priest.

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