SEA OF ROSARIES: Black Madonna of The Candlemas

“The Candlemas Procession” (Thomas Merton) LumenAd revelationem gentium. Look kindly, Jesus, where we come,New Simeons, to kindle,Each at Your infant sacrifice his own life’s candle. And when Your flame turns into many tongues,See how the One is multiplied, among us, hundreds!And goes among the humble, and consoles our sinfulkindred. It is for this we come,And, kneeling, each receive one flame:Ad revelationem gentium. Our lives, like candles, spell this simple symbol:Weep like our bodily life, sweet work of bees,Sweeten the world, with your slow sacrifice.And this shall be our praise:That by our glad expense, our Father’s willBurned and consumed us for … Continue reading SEA OF ROSARIES: Black Madonna of The Candlemas