O Rising Sun

O Oriens,
splendor lucis aeternae, et sol justitiae:
veni, et illumina sedentes in tenebris, et umbra mortis.

There is an enveloping mist on this Winter Solstice.

This morning I heard Leslie Griffiths describe how 21 December marks the fulcrum of Advent. The descent into darkest winter is complete, coldness and silence. We pivot imperceptible from darkness to light, from the minor to the major key, from the yearning Advent hymn of O Come, O Come, Emmanuel to the joyful O Come, Let Us Adore Him.

Light fades over Flanders and the earth begins a fresh renewal.