December 21, 2007

winter solstice

December 21, when the sun reaches its lowest point in the sky at noon, making the shortest day and longest night of the year



Beginning this day, the noonday sun reaches higher and higher until the summer solstice, when the sun reaches its highest point in the sky at noon, making the longest day and shortest night of the year.

From Latin solstitium,
from sol ‘sun’ + stit- ‘stopped, stationary’

On December 21, the Church invokes Christ as “Rising Sun” in the Alleluia Verse at Mass and in the Antiphon for the Gospel Canticle at Evening Prayer (Vespers):
O Rising Sun,
Splendor of Eternal Light,
and Sun of Justice,
come and enlighten them that sit in darkness
and in the shadow of death.


4 Comments:

Blogger RobK said...

I love the recent images you have had up, Father. Did you learn a new software program or do you have another source?

9:15 AM  
Blogger Father Stephanos, O.S.B. said...

No new program.

The drawing function that is part of Microsoft Word.

12:39 PM  
Blogger Mrs Jackie Parkes MJ said...

Hopefully it well get warmer too!

1:06 PM  
Blogger tara said...

Alleluia! Ahh, the darkness has passed and the light is coming.

8:05 PM  

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