candles during Holy Nights

Holy Nights

The space between Christmas and Epiphany is a special time. One year I attended almost nightly gatherings honoring Holy Nights at a Waldorf School. This is one song we sung:

“This is a festival, a Festival of Light.
Sing for the candles burning brightly through the night.
Sing for the light of God that guides our destiny,
Sing the light of love that builds community.
Light up our way with visions that are true.
Sing for our children who are candles of dawn,
Giving us the promise that our light will carry on.
This is the festival, the Festival of Light.
Sing for the love that shall make this world ignite,
A flame with a beauty that awaits in every heart,
Sing for the will that can make that fire start.
Follow the light that leads within us to the birth
Of love and harmony and peace for all upon the earth.
We are the festival, we are the light.
We are the candles burning brightly in the night”

—shared in a Holy Nights ritual at Waldorf School of the Peninsula,

lyrics by David Spangler, this song seen in the school’s newsletter, December 1991