Although O Oriens vespers has passed, Catholicity and Covenant noted something significant about this ancient practice that I wanted to log here.

According to Michael Ward’s reading of C.S. Lewis, the act of looking towards the heavens, at the “radiant dawn,” is now a very different experience from what it once was. “Now we sense that we are looking out into a trackless vacuity, pitch-black and dead-cold. Then we would have felt as if we were looking into a vast, lighted concavity.”

O Oriens, as BC writes, challenges our flattened universe and reminds us that, “we do not gaze into a trackless vacuity, pitch-black and cold. The Advent hope proclaims a meaning-drenched universe, bearing the weight of glory.”

 O Morning Star,

splendour of light eternal and sun of righteousness:

Come and enlighten those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death.

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