A Litany for the World

by | Dec 29, 2016 | Formation, Reflections | 2 comments

Although the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord actually brings the Christmas season to an end, people quickly forget its meaning.

Here’s a litany called “Now the Work of Christmas Begins” composed by Howard Thurman, an African-American theologian, educator, and civil rights leader.

When the song of the angels is stilled,
when the star in the sky is gone,
when the kings and princes are home,
when the shepherds are back with their flocks,
the work of Christmas begins:
to find the lost,
to heal the broken,
to feed the hungry,
to release the prisoner,
to rebuild the nations,
to bring peace among the people,
to make music in the heart.

If you say #IamVincent, you will do all these things.



  1. Kitty Prager

    Thank you…will share with my students!

  2. Lynne


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