1 Light a candle for thanksgiving!
Sing to God for Christ the Lord!
Born to Mary, dying, living;
still the Spirit speaks his word.
Welcome ev'ry tower pealing,
celebrate two thousand years!
Years of grace and years revealing
Christ where Christ - like love appears.

2 Light a candle for achievers!
Marvel at their range of thought:
artists, scientists, believers
famed for what their hands have wrought.
For the feats of engineering,
for each fresh, creative probe;
ev'ry benefit appearing,
spread across a shrinking globe.

3 Light a candle for the nation
and the future of its youth!
Build with them on this foundation:
love, security and truth.
Christ the Lord, by patience winning
many a household, many a heart,
set ablaze their faith's beginning,
journey with them from the start.

4 Light a candle for tomorrow!
Ask that countries may walk free:
truly free, not bound to borrow,
but released for jubilee.
One has come among us bearing
news that prisoners are restored:
let his voice move us to sharing
sing to God for Christ the Lord!

David Mowbray (born 1938)
© David Mowbray/Jubilate Hymns Ltd
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