Word of the Day
Prayer to Send Light
We praise You, Lord, for all Your creatures, especially for Brother Sun, who is the day and through whom You give us light. And he is beautiful and radiant with great splendor, and bears a likeness of You, Most High One. – St. Francis of Assisi, Canticle of Creation
The Winter Solistice
At 5:02 a.m. (EST), we mark the Winter Solstice, the day in the Northern Hemisphere when the sun is at its lowest in the sky and night is at its longest. The solstice lasts just a moment, though we tend to think of it as the entire day. Its other name is “mid-winter,” although here, it is just the start of that season we view as cold and dark.
From pagan Scandinavians of centuries ago to today, holidays and festivals mark the solstice as a way to remind ourselves that night does not last forever and with the spring, the sun returns with its warmth and light.
Our world today is darkened by many things — the pandemic that has taken the lives of hundreds of thousands, left many without jobs, and increased poverty, as well as social injustice and self-centeredness. Celebrate this day of Advent by joining us in a prayer to bring light to some of our world’s darkest places:
The Light of God
The light of God surrounds us,
The love of God enfolds us,
The power of God protects us,
The presence of God watches over us,
Wherever we are, God is,
And where God is, all is well.
St. Matthew, St. Mark, St. Luke, St. John,
Like unto the prophet Jonas, as a type of Christ,
Who was guarded for three days and
Three nights in the belly of a whale,
Thus shall the Almighty God,
As a Father, guard and protect me from all evil.
Grant me Protection
Grant, O Lord, Thy protection
And in protection, strength
And in strength, understanding
And in understanding, knowledge
And in knowledge, the knowledge of justice
And in the knowledge of justice, the love of it
And in the love of it, the love of all existences
And in that love, the love of spirit and all creation.