Friday, December 21, 2012

O Oriens

O Radiant Dawn, splendor of light everlasting: Come and enlighten those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death.

For those of us in the northern hemisphere today marks the shortest and darkest day of the year.  And as the funerals continue to take place in Newtown/Sandy Hook this week so many in that community sit in darkness and the shadow of death...waiting for light to reenter their lives.

The first sign of light is called twilight  - a liminal time of hope as the sky brightens, while we wait for the star to rise above the horizon.  Advent is a season of waiting and hoping for a new light, a renewed energy, to break into our darkness.

On this fifth day of the O Antiphons we are reminded that it is the light of Christ that will illuminate our truest self....a light that will wipe out our darkness...a light that will warm our being.

O come, Thou Day-spring, come and cheer
Our spirits by Thine advent here;
Disperse the gloomy clouds of night,
And death’s dark shadows put to flight.

Rejoice! Rejoice!
Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.


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