The blackbird, whose photo you can see below, is there most evenings at dusk to sing the sun on its way. Its beautiful song reminds the heart of the hymn to the Trinity, ‘O Lux beata Trinitas’, which we sing on Saturdays at Vespers: ‘O Trinity of blessed light, O Unity of princely might, the fiery sun now goes his way: shed thou within our hearts thy ray’.

We pray with the psalmist: ‘Lift up the light of thy countenance upon us, O Lord!’ This in turn refers back to the Aaronic blessing in the book of Numbers: ‘The Lord bless you and keep you: The Lord make his face to shine upon you, and be gracious to you: The Lord lift up his countenance upon you, and give you peace’.

May the Lord indeed ‘lift up the light of His countenance’, His Face, upon you this day, and bless you, and give you His peace.