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Service of Light 

The term may indicate the opening section of An Order of Worship for the Evening (BCP, pp. 109-114). This Service of Light includes the entrance of the ministers into the darkened church, the opening acclamation or greeting, a short lesson of scripture, a prayer for light, the lighting of the candles, and the singing of the Phos hilaron (O Gracious Light). The Phos hilaronis the ancient candle-lighting hymn of the church. It has been associated with the use of incense. An appropriate anthem or psalm may be sung during the candle-lighting, or silence may be kept (BCP, p. 112). The Hymnal 1982 Accompaniment Edition, Vol. 1, provides a variety of candle-lighting anthems (Lucernaria) (S 305-S 320). The BOS also provides responsive texts for candle-lighting anthems. When the BOS Lucernaria are used, it is appropriate to omit the short lesson which precedes the prayer for light. 




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