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Tuesday 13 December - Sol Invictus (Thea Gilmore)

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From the album "Strange Communion", by Thea Gilmore.

Today is the feast day of Lucy of Syracuse, who was (according to the Catholic church and probably embellished somewhat in the thirteenth-century "Golden Legend" by Jacubus de Voraigne) a martyr at the beginning of the fourth century.

This saint's day is particularly celebrated in Sicily and other parts of Italy of course, but also (unusually for a region more associated with Lutheran Protestantism than Catholicism) in Scandinavia. In their case, it probably didn't hurt that the same day was believed to coincide with the Winter Solstice, and that the date lies not long before the birthday of Sol Invictus (the Roman "unconquered sun" god associated with the turn of the year and proclaimed by Emperor Aurelian).

Come the dawn, come the call
Come, the beating air
Chill the night, soldier light
We'll be dancing there
And rise up, rise up
Day stretching weary wings

Come the day, come the dawn
Somewhere it lays
Know my heart, know my life
Forget everything
Come the day, thief of the night
Lifts its voice to sing
Now rise up, rise up
Ever victorious

Know the time, know the light
Comes the sun again
Now rise up, rise up
Ever victorious
Know the time, know the light
Comes the sun again