... in the winter solstice

Published on 21 Dec 2020
A tree in a field in winter at dawn

Over the last few days, I have really noticed the dark mornings and as we approach the shortest day of the year (the winter solstice) I have been very conscious of the gloomy light.

Some time ago, I visited the world heritage site of New Grange in Ireland. This amazing Neolithic mound was designed so that the rising sun would shine through a tunnel on Winter solstice day, lighting up the tomb deep inside the barrow. Apart from being impressed by this staggering feat of engineering, I was moved by the human desire for light.

Throughout history, people just like us have longed for the break of day as a sign of hope and new life.

One of the most beautiful titles given to the Messiah in the ancient Advent O antiphons is “O Radiant dawn”.

As the darkest time of the year draws closer, we pray:

Jesus, light of the world, come to us soon.