The Darkest Evening of the Year

Sunset tonight in our neighborhood is 5:26 p.m. – Eastern Standard Time. We will have had 9 hours, 30 minutes, and 7 seconds of [partly nominal] daylight.

Tomorrow we will have three or four seconds more of it. And a few more seconds the day after that.

I am someone who once received one of those bright full spectrum mood-elevating lights for Christmas – something of a present for the other members of the household. I am watching for the light.

The liturgy for tonight’s vigil is, of course, Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening, by Robert Frost.

[There’s plenty of commentary on the internet, but my commentary is here.]

Image: “Las Golczewski zima,” Radosław Drożdżewski (Zwiadowca21), CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons.

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