Solstice Rituals

Today, December 21, marks the Solstice, the shortest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere and the beginning of winter, and the longest day and first day of summer in the Southern Hemisphere. Since ancient times, the Solstices have been important ritual occasions in human communities. Today too, a great many solstice rituals are available, especially online, from self-described pagan to eco-sensitive to more generally new age-y ones. They all play with light.

I think I too will celebrate the solstice, and do so with a both ancient and eco-sensitive ritual. It is called Evening Prayer or Vespers, and I might include a real lucernarium today. Most importantly, on December 21, the O-Antiphon for the day is this:

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

O Dawn, splendor of eternal light and sun of justice, come and shine on those sitting in darkness and the shadow of death.

Happy celebration of the Solstice, everyone.

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