I recently updated the Candlelight Service! You can find the new post HERE, but I have changed out the links in the post to the new download in case you land here and don’t care to read the new post. ~Amy
Every year, my family attended the Christmas Eve Candlelight Service at our church. As the sun set, we sang hymns, followed the Christmas story, and watched as the final candle, the Christ candle, was lit. Then, the light was passed around the dark church and faces shown and eyes sparkled in the candlelight.
A people in darkness no more.
For many years after I married, we continued to travel to my home church for this special evening; however, as our family grew, the tradition became a scary one, rather than one filled with beauty. I spent the first half of the service trying to keep the children from eating their candles and the second half trying to keep them from burning themselves. All this while sitting in a church pew longer than my arms could reach. Finally, I decided we would have to give it up and just stay home.
However, I wasn’t about to let go of the tradition and all its rich meaning. Instead, I exchanged the long church pew for my living room and wrote my own Christmas Eve service for our family to enjoy.
The Candlelight Service is a simple one, but so beautiful as it takes hymns and Scripture and follows the story from longing to realization to spreading the Good News!
Here is a list of supplies you will need to share in this wonderful tradition:
2017 update: Last year, we decided to purchase smaller candles and drip protectors. They were inexpensive, and a very nice addition! Another really neat added extra is this set of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. We own oils, but I am adding these to our tradition this year.