In these last days of Advent — this time of watching and waiting for the Light to come — the words of the lovely folk hymn, Canticle of the Turning, have been coming to my mind and heart.
Drawn from the Magnificat — Mary’s song of praise in the first chapter of Luke’s Gospel — Canticle of the Turning translates the ancient prayer into contemporary language and sets it to a beautiful old Irish love song, Star of the County Down.
I love both the music and the message — that no matter how dark the days, there is a Hope more powerful than despair, a Joy greater than death. In the words of the refrain, the world is about to turn:
My heart shall sing of the day you bring.
Let the fires of your justice burn.
Wipe away all tears, for the dawn draws near,
and the world is about to turn!
In these days of darkness, we send our prayers that Light may shine in your hearts and bodies and minds, and we give thanks for all the ways that you — and we all together — are part of the turning of the world.
And we will, of course, be deeply grateful for your support for our work at Church of the Woods, Sacred Places/Sacred Stories, and Kairos Earth. Thank you!
With gratitude and love,
P.S. From a completely different musical tradition, here is my absolute favorite version of Magnificat. Amazing!
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