Winter solstice is here!

I was scraping ice off the car in darkness this morning just a few hours ago and I’m writing this at about 4 p.m.  and it is already dark again. It was a short day but a glorious one: cold and with snow on the ground and clear blue sky above. And it is the shortest day of the year! Truth is, we, in Britain, cannot really complain about the cold (it is never really cold enough) but winter days here are often damp, dark and miserable. This has been a beautiful one not only because of the sunshine but also because from tomorrow on it will be light for a little longer each day.

O Morning Star,
splendour of light eternal and sun of righteousness:
Come and enlighten those who dwell in darkness
and the shadow of death.

Advent Antiphon (see Malachi 4.2 and Luke 1.79).

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