We are still in the afterglow of yesterday’s wonderful Solemnity. Here is part of the Preface said at Mass: ‘For today you have revealed the mystery of our salvation in Christ as a light for the nations, and, when he appeared in our mortal nature, you made us new by the glory of his immortal nature’.

Here is the last part of the Solemn Blessing, also from yesterday: ‘And so when your pilgrimage is ended, may you come to him whom the Magi sought as they followed the star and whom they found with great joy, the Light from Light, who is Christ the Lord’. These words recall those inscribed on the tomb of St Bede the Venerable: ‘Christ is the morning star, who when the night of this world is past, brings to his saints the promise of the light of life, and opens everlasting day’.

Let us hold fast to the mystery of Christ our Light, shining especially brightly in these days of darkness. May He bless you specially this day.