Lux Aeterna

It's the Christian Festival of Candlemas today, marking the end of the Christmas season:

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"Down with the rosemary, and so
Down with the bays and misletoe ;
Down with the holly, ivy, all,
Wherewith ye dress'd the Christmas Hall"

Robert Herrick (1591-1674), "Ceremony upon Candlemas Eve"

Lord God, the springing source of everlasting light, pour into the hearts of your faithful people the brilliance of your eternal splendor, that we, who by these kindling flames light up this temple to your glory, may have the darkness of our souls dispelled, and so be counted worthy to stand before you in that eternal temple where you live and reign, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

1 comment:

Lesley McDade said...


Deep sleeps the Winter,
Cold, wet, and grey;
Surely all the world is dead:
Spring is far away.
Wait! the world shall waken;
It is not dead, for lo,
The Fair Maids of February
Stand in the snow!