O Oriens, splendor lucis aeternae, et sol iustitiae: veni, et illumina sedentes in tenebris et umbra mortis.
O dawn of the east, brightness of light eternal, and sun of justice: come, and enlighten those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death.
We are all desperately in need of a Saviour, a Redeemer who is capable of ransoming from the darkness of our sins and from the blinding and numbing wound of ignorance from which we all suffer. In their terrible Fall, our First Parents inflicted grave wounds in the souls of every person who would live after them, except of course – by an act of singular grace – the Mother of God. Our wills are damaged. Our intellect is clouded. In Christ we have the Truth, the sure foundation of what is lasting. All else, apart from Him fails and fades into dark obscurity. He brings clarity and light back to our souls when we are baptized or when we return to Him through the sacrament of penance.
At Holy Mass we face “East”, at least symbolically, so that we can greet the Coming of the Saviour, both in the consecration of the bread and wine and in the expectation of the glorious return of the King of Glory. We turn to the rising sun who is Justice Itself, whose light will lay bare the truth of our every word, thought and deed in the Final Day. (Ed. Fr Alex)
This is the Solstice day, for the Northern Hemisphere the day which provides us with the least daylight of the year. From this point onward in the globe’s majestic arc about the sun, we of the north, benefit from increasing warmth and illumination. It is as if God in His Wisdom, provided within the framework of the cosmos object lessons by which we might come to grasp something of His good plan for our salvation.
Let us turn to the LIGHT, repent our evil ways and habits, and grasp onto Christ in His Holy Church,
From a reflection by Fr Zuhldorf
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