“O Holy Darkness, Loving Womb” Video

"Mystery," by Stacy Boorn

Recording artist Shannon Kincaid sings “O Holy Darkness, Loving Womb,” with pictures from various artists, to the tune of “O Little Town of Bethlehem.” This song symbolizes darkness as creative bounty and beauty, and connects darkness to the Sacred Feminine, empowering us to end injustice and heal the wounds of Earth. “O Holy Darkness, Loving Womb” contributes to racial justice by changing the traditional symbolism of darkness as evil or ominous to darkness as creative bounty and beauty, affirming the sacred value of people of color through these positive images.

This video is a gift for your Advent meditations.

O Holy Darkness, loving Womb, who nurtures and creates,
sustain us through the longest night with dreams of open gates.
We move inside to mystery that in our center dwells,
where streams of richest beauty flow from sacred, living wells.
Creative Darkness, closest Friend, you whisper in the night;
you calm our fears as unknown paths surprise us with new sight.
We marvel at your bounty, your gifts so full and free,
unfolding as you waken us to new reality.
O Holy Night of deepest bliss, we celebrate your power;
infuse us with your energy that brings our seeds to flower.
The voice out of the darkness excites our warmest zeal
to bring together dark and light, true holiness reveal.
O come to us, Sophia; your image, black and fair,
stirs us to end injustice and the wounds of earth repair.
The treasures of your darkness and riches of your grace
inspire us to fulfill our call, our sacredness embrace.


Words  © Jann Aldredge-Clanton, from Inclusive Hymns for Liberating Christians (Eakin Press, 2006)

Shannon Kincaid, in recording studio





Vocal Artist: Shannon Kincaid, http://www.shannonkincaid.com/


Visual Artists:

Stacy Boorn: “Mystery,” “Smokey Sky,” “Mother & Child,” “Dancing after Work at ‘Speak I’m Listening,’” “Streams,” “Sunset,” “Feather Dance,” “Sunrise Crete,” “Holy Night,” “Addis Ababa Market Vendors,” “Seeds to Flower,” and “LightDarkness” © Stacy Boorn. Used with permission http://stacy.awegallery.com/;   http://www.awegallery.com/index.php?page=artists&aid=1

David Clanton: “Garden for Good or Evil” © David M. Clanton. Used with permission.  http://www.davidclanton.com/http://david-clanton.artistwebsites.com/

Mirta Toledo: “Sophia” © 2003 Mirta Toledo, http://www.afrolatinart.com/#/mirta-         toledo/4532396991; http://www.jannaldredgeclanton.com/books.php#book3

Shannon Kincaid: “Oprah & Child”

Elizabeth Zedaran: “Flow”



Keyboard: Ron DiIulio

Guitar: Danny Hubbard

Bass & Percussion: Jerry Hancock

Music Producer/Arranger: Ron DiIulio




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  1. Florence Quillan
    Posted December 1, 2012 at 3:12 pm | Permalink

    Breath-taking! Thank you.

  2. Sally Fenton
    Posted December 1, 2012 at 3:15 pm | Permalink

    Jann, I really appreciate this gift that I will use during my Advent meditations. Thanks, Sally

  3. Lourene Bender
    Posted December 1, 2012 at 3:17 pm | Permalink

    Thank you, Jann, that is so lovely! Lourene

  4. Laura Grimes
    Posted December 1, 2012 at 7:45 pm | Permalink

    Stunning, Jann—thank you for sharing. It was perfectly timed for Her loving comfort right after a challenging encounter with a member of the community I formerly served.

    In Sophia’s love and peace,

  5. Kendra Weddle Irons
    Posted December 3, 2012 at 8:44 pm | Permalink


    This is beautiful and powerful! Thank you so much! I posted it to my fb wall.


  6. Rev. Satoe Soga
    Posted December 18, 2012 at 12:04 pm | Permalink

    Thank you, Jann. This is perfect for me at this moment.

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