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Advent Meditation: What Has Come Into Being in Him was Life

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Friday 13 December 2013

What has come into being in him was life, and the life was the light of all people. The light shines in the darkness and the darkness did not overcome it.

John 1.3-4

Recently in Southern Brittany, I entered a medieval church which was wonderfully cocooning in what seemed total darkness. As my senses adjusted to this, the small fractions of coloured glass from the east window took my breath away, deep red and orange, bold, confident and glorious, allowing light to radiate and refract and utterly change the darkness.

There is something arresting about how light changes things, and the dayspring of Christ coming soon, born of light, can illuminate our darkness and change us in that kind of breathtaking way.

Thomas Tallis’ O Nata Lux expresses in the white purity of sound the uncompromising and transcendent wonder of light:

O Nata Lux de lumine
Jesu redemptor saeculi
Dignare Clemens supplicum
Laudes precesque sumere.

(O Light born of light
Jesus, redeemer of the world,
With loving kindness deign to receive
Suppliant praise and prayer).


O Lord, shine in my heart.
Illuminate, cast out the darkness, and radiate your glorious light.
Amen.


Introduction to our meditations

Meditation for Thursday 12 December 2013

Meditation for Saturday 14 December 2013


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