Sol Invictus!

Today is St Thomas and the winter solstice here in the northern hemisphere. Let the daylight not only be unconquered but grow as a sign of grace from the Incarnate Son of God!

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4 Responses to Sol Invictus!

  1. David Llewellyn Dodds says:

    Amen! It only now occurs to me reading this that that may be why the Antiphon ‘O Oriens’ is sung today in many a Use!

  2. David Llewellyn Dodds says:

    I wonder how far another Advent accent may be at work here, too? – the fine Old English adaptation of the Antiphon in the Exeter Book begins ‘Eala Earendel’ and in the Old English Blickling Homily for the Birth of St. John the Baptist, he is called ‘the new Eorendel’:

    It is good to think of St. John the Baptist and ‘doubting’ St. Thomas together as witnesses on the darkest day!

  3. David Llewellyn Dodds says:

    Just catching up with Dr. Parker’s Advent posts for this year at A Clerk of Oxford, I was delighted to read, “Medieval liturgists were some of the greatest literary critics who ever lived – sensitive and imaginative readers of Scripture, who wove together connections between texts, between characters and words and ideas, and between moments in time, and hallowed the very act of reading as a way of trying to understand the mind of God.”

  4. Stephen K says:

    I wish all my co-readers a very peaceful and beautiful Christmas, and thought I might clothe my wishes in the beautiful haunting music at

    And also at

    May you sleep sweet dreams and wake to a hope, light and generosity that is enlarging to the spirits of all people.

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