A New Year’s Litany for Light

Journeying forward together, we rely on the wisdom of ancient practices and guides.  For those not familiar with the word, a litany is an ancient prayer form composed of a series of petitions/requests usually followed by a communal repeated refrain.  As we cross the threshold into the unknowns of 2021 and leave behind what, for many, will be the worst year of their lives, and for all of us a most uncomfortable and uncertain time, a ritual of some kind beyond drinking a glass of champagne beckons, a ritual that acknowledges the darkness but also opens itself to hope and blessing, a litany for this new year.  This litany is based loosely on the promises found in the Old Testament Book of the ancient guide Isaiah, Chapters 60 and 65.

Litany for Light

That a new heaven and a new earth spring from the hurt, pain, grief, and discord of 2020. . .

May it be so.

That the former things we remember will transform us into people who walk in light and in hope . . .

May it be so.

That the sound of weeping throughout the world may turn into rejoicing . . .

May it be so.

That newborns and elderly may thrive together in peace and equity . . .

May it be so.

That those in need of housing and food will find generosity and compassion instead of fear and prejudice . . .

May it be so.

That children born in this new year will not be children of calamity but children of blessing . . .

May it be so.

That the wolf and the lamb shall cross aisles and join together to serve the common good . . .

May it be so.

That nations, together, will come to the Light . . .

May it be so.

That all lions shall turn their hearts to the Light and lead with mercy, wisdom, compassion, and fairness . . .

May it be so.

That no one shall be hurt or destroyed by our own and others’ desires for power, wealth, control, and greed . . .

May it be so.

That the Light that has come, is coming, and will continue to come into the world for ALL people will flow down on this earth like molten gold and be received with exultation and wonder . . .

May it be so.

That each one of us will be drawn to the Light, believe in our belovedness and in the spark of our own indwelling Light and recognize that same belovedness and light in each other . . .

May it be so.

God of All Creation, empower us to walk in the Light and to sing a new song.  Let us say “yes” to the year ahead even as the shadows of 2020 linger.  Let us be among those who strive for peace, unity, service, and love and set aside our own agendas, desires, prejudices, labels, and especially our fears.  Let us be people of humble gratitude who anchor ourselves in the joy of Your Presence.  May it be so.

Blessings~ Rosemary

A gift for you from Kathryn Marquis:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tb04dcmoazM

Author: remcmahan

Poet, writer, minister, wanderer, traveler on the way, Light-seeker ~ hoping others will join me on the journey of discovering who we are and were meant to be. You can reach me at 20rosepoet20@gmail.com or at my blog, Spirit-reflections.org.

5 thoughts on “A New Year’s Litany for Light”

  1. Beautiful post as 2020 comes to a close. Lord, fill our hearts with your possibilities as we look toward 2021 and lead us closer to you . Happy New Year to you and Dennis! ❤️🎉

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  2. We are so grateful for your ministry & frankly we missed your daily entries terribly. Happy New Year ! We are saying “yes” to the future and thank you for the past. Love, Melissa and Dag


  3. Thank you for this beautiful litany and gift of song! Learning to “walk in the darkness” knowing that light too dwells within. Happy New Year, Rosemary and Dennis! Love you…


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