Friday, December 13, 2013

Friday, December 13th:

The festival of lights...

Just now when the days are short and dark, it's time to celebrate Saint Lucy's Day with a candlelight procession and song. According to tradition, the "Lucia Bride" leads the procession carrying a crown of candles on her head. This chastity crown honors the memory of Saint Lucy who gave her life to God as the bride of Christ. The well-known "Santa Lucia" song is based on a Sicilian folk song in her honor.

Song for Santa Lucia

Nightly, go heavy hearts
Round farm and steading
On earth, where sun departs,
shadows are spreading.
Then on our darkest night,
Comes with her shining light
Sankta Lucia! Sankta Lucia!
Then on our darkest night,
Comes with her shining light
Sankta Lucia, Sankta Lucia.

Night-darkling, huge and still.
Hark, something's stirring!
In all our silent rooms,
Wingbeats are whisp'ring!
Stands on our threshold there,
White clad, lights in her hair,
Sankta Lucia! Sankta Lucia!
Stands on our threshold there,
White clad, lights in her hair,
Sankta Lucia! Sankta Lucia!

Darkness shall fly away
Through earthly portals.
She brings such wonderful
words to us mortals!
Daylight, again renewed
will rise, all rosy-hued!
Sankta Lucia! Sankta Lucia!
Daylight, again renewed,
will rise, all rosy-hued.
Sankta Lucia! Sankta Lucia!

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