Celebrating Sankta Lucia!

While the celebration of St. Lucia’s Day may be waning in Sweden itself – sadly – it appears to remain popular among the Swedish expatriate community in London! These pictures were taken at St. Paul’s Cathedral, in 2015. Beautiful!

The night goes with weighty step
round yard and hearth,
round earth, the sun departs,
leave the woods brooding.
There in our dark house,
appears with lighted candles
Saint Lucia, Saint Lucia.

The night goes great and mute
now hear it swings
in every silent room
murmurs as if from wings.
Look at our threshold stands
white-clad with lights in her hair
Saint Lucia, Saint Lucia.

The darkness shall soon depart
from the earth’s valleys
thus she speaks
a wonderful word to us
The day shall rise anew
from the rosy sky.
Saint Lucia, Saint Lucia.

~ traditional Swedish carol for St. Lucia’s Day, December 13th

Note that while “Sankta Lucia” is generally translated “Saint Lucia,” it can also be translated as “Holy Light”! An appropriate image and archetype for this darkest time of year, as we await the “rebirth” of the Sun at the Winter Solstice.

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Author: The Anglophilic Anglican

I am an ordained Anglican clergyman, published writer, former op-ed columnist, and experienced outdoor and informal educator. I am also a traditionalist: religiously, philosophically, politically, and socially. I seek to do my bit to promote and restore the Good, the True, and the Beautiful, in a world which has too-often lost touch with all three, and to help re-weave the connections between God, Nature, and humankind which out techno-industrial civilization has strained and broken.

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