21st December – O Oriens! and Winter Solstice



In an ecclesio-solar synchronicity, the Winter Solstice occurs at 10:59 am today.

On this day in the Northern Hemisphere (in which 90% of the world’s population lives) the angle of the sun hits its southern most point.

Where I live in Columbus, Ohio, the sun is up for just 9 hours, 19 minutes, 56 seconds (rise=7:50am & set=5:10pm) Check out your location to see exactly how long your day will be.


O Oriens – Daybreak, Dawn, Sunrise and Morning Star – all images for Christ – the light who comes to illuminate and dispel the darkness.


As we ponder creation today, let’s listen to two hymns which lift up aspects of the natural world as we prepare to celebrate Christmas.

Lo, How a Rose e’er Blooming , composed in German, first appeared in print in 1599.


The Holly and the Ivy, is British from the early 20th century.


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