Advent Favorites — Lord, Let Us Receive Your Clear Light

Originally Posted: Monday, December 20, 2004

Lord, let us receive Your clear light

Tintoretto Annunciation


The Word made flesh for us gives us the greatest hope
that the murky night of darkness will not overwhelm us,
but we shall see the daylight of eternity.

Lord, let us receive your clear light; be for us such a mirror of light
that we may be given grace to see you unendingly.

If we are overcome, you have the power to forgive us;
Therefore, in my sin I call on you,my Lord, my Light, for help.
For you were sent into the world to enlighten my heart,
to nurture true repentance and to make the Holy Spirit’s
work grow more powerfully in me.

With the Father and the Holy Spirit you live and reign for ever!

–Hildegard of Bingen

art credit: Tintoretto, Annunciation, 1583-87, Scuola di San Rocco, Venice.  Source: Web Gallery of Art

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