Blue Christmas, or Longest Night, is a short service designed for people suffering with pain, loss, isolation and grief in the Advent season. The service is often help on or around December 21st, the longest night of the year, but it can be held at anytime during Advent. The service may include candles, meditative music, Psalms of lament, prayers for healing, blessings, and a message for people feeling a sense of loss. It might be a service of particular interest to those who lead a Bereavement Support Group in your parish or for your SVP Group visiting people who are isolated.
You can find some ideas of what to include in a short service of prayers and readings for a parish Blue Christmas here .
Blue Christmas can help to remind us that Christ, always with us in the midst of our pain, sadness and loneliness, is light in the darkness.