From Darkness Into Light

Last weekend I went to the Advent Service at Salisbury Cathedral.  At the beginning of the service, as the clock struck five, the cathedral was plunged into darkness.  One solitary candle was lit at the West Door and then gradually, to the sound of sublime choral plainsong, hundreds of candles were lit throughout the vast space of the cathedral.  It’s hard to describe just how deeply moving, uplifting and life-affirming the service was. Just before it began, we were invited to think about those who might perhaps be in a dark place in their lives. The service was a comforting … Continue reading

From Darkness Into Light

A couple of weeks ago I went to an Advent Procession service in Salisbury Cathedral. The service began in total darkness and then gradually, to the sound of the most sublime choral plainsong, hundreds of candles all around the vast space of the Cathedral were lit and the procession began. It was a deeply moving and uplifting experience. Advent is, of course, all about the coming of the Light.  But we're not far now from the Winter Solstice; that day in the depths of winter that heralds the turning of the earth from winter to spring – from darkness into … Continue reading