21st December – O Oriens! and Winter Solstice

https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1GfQqf6V3qzspbc35HiwfLnNjvuABp0-SSDdk5P6hcjk/edit#slide=id.p1

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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.

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

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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.

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

https://www.mirror.co.uk/science/happy-winter-solstice-2019-celebrate-21114819

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