The Sun Rises and the World Goes On

Painting of sunrise over the Catskills

Thomas Cole, Sunrise in the Catskill Mountains (1826)

The fifth O Antiphon, which will be chanted tonight at Vespers at monasteries around the world:

O Rising Sun, splendour of light eternal and sun of righteousness:
Come and enlighten those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death.

The sun rose today, just like every other day. The world didn’t come to an end. But for twenty-six families in Connecticut, the world as they knew it ended a week ago.

And yet the sun still rose today. I’ve read that the only way to live through profound, life shattering grief is to get through each day as it comes, but I can’t imagine how people begin to do that. I can’t imagine how someone grieving that deeply can muster the act of will to take another breath.

The sun rises and the world goes on, but not for them. They are still in darkness. All I can do is pray that eventually the day will dawn once more and the morning star will rise in their hearts (2 Peter 1:19).

O Rising Sun, enlighten those who dwell in the shadow of death:

December 21

Advent calendar graphics by Oh My Gluestick. They are intended for personal use only and may not be used commercially.

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