An Advent Night Prayer for the Southern Hemisphere

Leader:          In longest days  we pray,  may the Light of Lights come to us

All:                  We wait for the Lord more than those who watch for the morning

Silence, confession, or meditative  singing followed by one of these  readings

Reader:          Psalms 4; 17:1-8;   or 139:7-12; or Isaiah 45:2-8; 55: 6-11; or Psalm 119:113-20

Leader:           We wait expectantly, longingly for God the True Sun to shine upon us

All:                     Come, O God Most High

Leader:            As we journey with the unborn Christ  towards the light of birth

All:                     Come, O God Most High

Leader:             As darkness flees and the Dawn from on high appears

All:                      Come, O God Most High

Leader:             As you spoke to Joseph and the Magi in dreams and speak still to us

All:                      Come, O God Most High

Females:           O God of life, bring to us your light

Males:                O God of life, open to us your joy

Females:           O God of life, soften to us your anger

Males:                O God of life, crown to us your goodness.

A candle is lit

Leader:              Christ is the light that comes into the world

All:                       A light that no darkness will quench

There may be singing, such as the following, to the tune Bunessan

Christ as a light illumine and guide us

Christ as a shield protect us from harm

This night draw near us and be within us

Guarding our sleep and  lighting our dawn.

Christ in the lonely, Christ in the hungry

Christ in the sleepless, Christ in the worn

Christ as a light illumine and guide them

Christ as a shield protect them from harm

Amen.

Ray Simpson