The Longest Night (or “Blue Christmas”) service is a recognition that within the joy of Advent and the “Christmas season,” many find themselves in times of grief, loneliness, even despair, and need the support of God and our community to help them find their way through. Traditionally held on Dec. 21—the “longest night” of the year with the most hours of darkness, there is no defined worship service for the Episcopal Church. This service was designed by students of the NJ School for Ministry.
The congregation will hold lighted candles representing all the grief they hold. As they blow out the light, they will prayer for one another’s release from all that is weighing them down. The service will be carried live on the diocesan YouTube channel and other diocesan and cathedral social media channels, as well as on the diocesan Web site at live.dioceseofnj.org.