Monday, December 21, 2009

Solstice and the Return of the Sun

Rejoice now, all you heavenly choirs of angels!
Rejoice now, all creation!
Sound forth, trumpet of salvation,
and proclaim the triumph of our King!
Rejoice too, all the earth,
in the radiance of the light now poured upon you
and made brilliant by the brightness of the everlasting King!
Know that the ancient darkness has been forever banished.
Rejoice, o Church of Christ,
clothed in the brightness of this light!
Let all this house of God ring out with rejoicing,
with the praises of all God's faithful people.

That is from the Easter Vigil.

Look at it! All that talk about light. And the King. And the angels' rejoicing. You'd almost be tempted to think that it dovetails with Advent's

O come, Thou Dayspring from on high,
and cheer us by Thy drawing nigh.
Disperse the gloomy clouds of night,
and death's dark shadow put to flight.
Rejoice! Rejoice!
Emmanuel shall come to thee, o Israel!

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