Advent, at least in the Northern Hemisphere, is the season of diminishing light. The closer we come to the winter solstice, the greater we seem to need hope and reassurance. In the Jewish tradition, this longing culminates in the lighting of the Hanukkah menorah; in the Scandinavian countries, it is addressed by the glowing crowns highlighting St. Lucy’s Day (December 13); in the Western Church, each additional week of Advent provides...
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