Collective Worship: Candlemas

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Penitential Rite

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When the candles are lit the celebrant says:

Jesus is the light of the world. That light is in each of us for Jesus is always with us.

When we do things that are wrong, when we hurt or damage our friends or families, our environment, or ourselves the light of Jesus becomes dim in us. Let us remember those times, sort our lives out and know that God forgives us.

During each petition at the words “we bring darkness” one of the three candles is extinguished 

When we do wrong to our family and loved ones,
we bring darkness into our lives
Father, forgive.

When we do wrong to our world,
we bring darkness into our lives
Father, forgive

When we do wrong to ourselves,
we bring darkness into our lives
Father, forgive

During the prayer for forgiveness, the celebrant pauses as the candles are relit, the ambient lighting is restored as well

May the risen Christ heal and restore us light candle
save us from all evil light candle
and give us his light always light candle
Amen.