Bringers of light

It’s that time of year again: the festival of Lucia

Celebrated on December 13 with music and light.

The Lucia glides in wearing a crown of candles;

Lucia

The rest of the singers follow, dressed in white.

Golden light illuminates beautiful faces full of song.

A reminder that candles need darkness

In which to shine.

Lucia singers

The wintry early light

Turns old church window into art —

Window

I leave the concert

With hope in my heart.

Church

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88 responses

  1. Simply beautiful!

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    December 22, 2014 at 15:31

  2. I will be lighting (and sparking) candles soon. Happy holidays!

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    December 22, 2014 at 15:46

  3. You are somewhat of a “bringer of light” yourself, Fiona, with your illuminating photos and words. 🙂

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    December 22, 2014 at 15:51

    • Awww – blush. Thank you! Have a wonderful Christmas.

      Lady Fi wrote: > >

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      December 22, 2014 at 16:28

  4. Beautiful images Fiona!

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    December 22, 2014 at 16:02

  5. Ahh that almost brings tears to my eyes. Absolutely beautiful pictures and even more so the sentiments! Happy Holidays to you and your lovely family.

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    December 22, 2014 at 16:09

  6. Beautiful! Merry Christmas to you and yours Fi!

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    December 22, 2014 at 16:34

  7. Lovely thought – candles need darkness in which to shine – shine on, Light!

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    December 22, 2014 at 16:35

  8. lovely. what a wonderful tradition.

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    December 22, 2014 at 16:40

  9. Funny Christmas atmosphere, I love lights. beautiful photos !!!!

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    December 22, 2014 at 16:57

  10. EXCELLENT PHOTOS. HAVE A MERRY CHRISTMAS FI.

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    December 22, 2014 at 17:18

  11. Anonymous

    Hello, Hope you are having a wonderful December and will have a blessed Christmas… This is such a joyful time of year for so many—but it’s also the time when others experience a deep loneliness, and struggle during the holidays for many reasons. SO—today I ask you to stop what you are doing for a few minutes and say a prayer for someone you know who might be experiencing a hard time now… OR—better still, send them a card or give them a call. It will mean the world to them.

    Gorgeous photos –and service… That’s a wonderful way to leave a fantastic service like that. Thanks be to God for HOPE in our hearts.

    Merry Christmas to you and yours.
    Hugs,
    Betsy

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    December 22, 2014 at 17:35

  12. Not sure my comment went in!!!! Anyhow I was saying that leaving a service with HOPE in your heart is SO special… Great photos.

    Merry Christmas.
    Hugs,
    Betsy

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    December 22, 2014 at 17:38

    • I did get both your comments – thank you. Your first one turned up as Anonymous… 😉

      Lady Fi wrote: > >

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      December 23, 2014 at 10:44

  13. I wish we had a festival of light. I’ll just have to think up my own…

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    December 22, 2014 at 18:01

  14. With such beautiful music and atmosphere, hope had t be EVERYWHERE!!!!?…:)JP

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    December 22, 2014 at 18:28

  15. What a gorgeous and thrilling event so masterfully captured! Wonderful!

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    December 22, 2014 at 18:32

  16. Lady Fi, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2015 !!!

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    December 22, 2014 at 19:01

  17. So beautiful! I’m grateful to you for sharing it with us! “…candles need darkness in which to shine.” Great reminder.

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    December 22, 2014 at 19:01

  18. joy

    Beautiful! We had here too. The kids visit tje nursing home where I work to sing for them;)

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    December 22, 2014 at 19:09

  19. Beautiful. And my wish is that hope becomes a permanent resident in your heart.

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    December 22, 2014 at 19:12

  20. daryledelstein

    thank you for sharing this it made me feel lighter …

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    December 22, 2014 at 19:24

  21. nocolebolo


    Nice photos. I like that wintry early light.
    I would like to send you my own christmas card but… I have no your mail…
    My best wishes for you and your loved ones.

    hugs

    · LMA · & · CR ·

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    December 22, 2014 at 19:30

  22. Wow that looks a pretty special service – may that feeling of hope in your heart stay with you all year!
    Happy Christmas
    Wren x

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    December 22, 2014 at 20:03

  23. Thank you for sharing this wonderful Festival — Winter Solstice would not be the same without your post (since I don’t live where I could experience it myself). We need light and hope.

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    December 22, 2014 at 20:03

  24. Beautiful! Is this the Saint Lucia tradition?

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    December 22, 2014 at 20:30

    • Yes – Lucia is on December 13 and very much celebrated in Scandinavia.

      Lady Fi wrote: > >

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      December 23, 2014 at 08:04

  25. Beautiful! Merry Christmas to you!

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    December 22, 2014 at 20:43

  26. Pat

    Good Evening
    Very nice set! surprising to see headband candles on the angel !!
    Merry Christmas to you and your family

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    December 22, 2014 at 20:45

  27. So entrancing! Best wishes to you and your family at this beautiful time of year.

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    December 22, 2014 at 21:49

  28. Beautiful photos. Candlelight always looks very special.

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    December 22, 2014 at 21:50

  29. Thank you Fi for sharing these atmospheric, illuminating images at this special time of the year. I too pray that the hope you experienced on that occasion stays with you. May you and yours enjoy a meaningful Christmas celebration.

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    December 22, 2014 at 22:08

  30. miss-red-fox

    Beautiful pictures, I like the light and the athmosphere! Thank you for sharing and have a very happy Christmas!

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    December 22, 2014 at 22:20

  31. Beautiful!

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    December 22, 2014 at 23:09

  32. Beautiful and moving shots.

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    December 22, 2014 at 23:10

  33. Beautiful festival of lights.. A wonderful tradition.. Merry Christmas to you and your family!

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    December 23, 2014 at 00:25

  34. How beautiful, all that flickering golden candle light within that amazing red brick church…..past amd present coming together into a beautiful moment 🙂

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    December 23, 2014 at 01:32

  35. There is nothing quite like candles for an amber glow. Well caught. 🙂

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    December 23, 2014 at 02:50

  36. Amazing.
    Merry Christmas,
    Carla

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    December 23, 2014 at 03:05

  37. Lovely. Healing. Thank You

    ALOHA from Honolulu
    ComfortSpiral

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    December 23, 2014 at 03:40

  38. True festiv spirit in the pics!

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    December 23, 2014 at 03:46

  39. Real candles! I’ve only seen the battery-operated sets. Safety concerns and regulations have altered the original celebrations. I imagine one must walk very carefully with lit candles on one’s head!

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    December 23, 2014 at 04:39

    • Yes, these kids go to a special music school – my daughter included – and they have to practise carrying the live candles.

      Lady Fi wrote: > >

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      December 23, 2014 at 07:48

  40. beautiful. they can’t take away our hope.

    Merry Christmas.

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    December 23, 2014 at 04:46

  41. I love this tradition. I attended such a festivity once with friend’s children taking part. I love the window shot with the branches.

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    December 23, 2014 at 05:05

  42. Christmas concerts make one feel so right in the spirit of the season. The candles add warmth. Ah… my favorite time of the year!

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    December 23, 2014 at 05:14

  43. Beautiful!

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    December 23, 2014 at 05:36

  44. So beautiful. I’d love to see the candles on the head. I love the candle light Christmas eve service we attend. I’d never thought about it but you are right. Candles need darkness.

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    December 23, 2014 at 05:49

  45. Beautiful pictures! Merry Christmas! God Jul!

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    December 23, 2014 at 06:54

  46. Anonymous

    Beautiful photos for Christmas. Have a festive time with your family and many thanks for continuing this meme.

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    December 23, 2014 at 10:31

  47. Claudia

    so beautiful. love that first shot. happy holidays!

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    December 23, 2014 at 10:49

  48. Wonderful representation of the light moments! Loved the perspective towards the old church window

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    December 23, 2014 at 11:04

  49. Wonderfully composed, shot and narrated

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    December 23, 2014 at 11:28

  50. j’aime ce troisième cliché

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    December 23, 2014 at 12:06

  51. cosmos

    I remember your saying your daughter joined singers for that special service a few years ago. A beautiful flicker of hope. Happy holidays to you and your family!

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    December 23, 2014 at 12:59

    • Yes, she sings in the Lucia festival every year.

      Lady Fi wrote: > >

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      December 23, 2014 at 14:26

  52. Beautiful!! Have a great day!

    Shantana

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    December 23, 2014 at 13:24

  53. Beautiful images.

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    December 23, 2014 at 14:21

  54. Wishing you love and joy this Christmas. Merry Christmas.

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    December 23, 2014 at 14:22

  55. Happy Holidays!

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    December 23, 2014 at 15:08

  56. Just magical, I so love the blue evenings of the North.

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    December 23, 2014 at 15:10

  57. Maggie May

    Wonderful photos. Loved all of them from the gull to the lights!
    Happy Christmas.
    Maggie x

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    December 23, 2014 at 15:14

  58. The church tower seemed to grow as my mouse scrolled.

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    December 23, 2014 at 15:54

  59. nice…after being in one of those ceremonies….all the voices rising as one…seeing the light push back the dark….hope can one not be filled with hope…i love that window picture….so blue…

    have a very merry christmas!

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    December 23, 2014 at 16:07

  60. Nice story on the event there though I’m not sure I’d want burning candels on my head

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    December 23, 2014 at 16:10

  61. merry christmas to you 🙂

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    December 23, 2014 at 16:40

  62. Al

    What a beautiful ceremony.

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    December 23, 2014 at 16:51

  63. What a glorious tradition.

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    December 23, 2014 at 17:02

  64. JM

    Happy Christmas!

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    December 23, 2014 at 17:15

  65. I love photos of candlelight! Merry Christmas & Happy New Year.

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    December 23, 2014 at 17:37

  66. Love the first two pictures they are so beautiful !

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    December 23, 2014 at 18:26

  67. Beautiful shots. It must be wonderful being in the church and listening to the singing and watching the candles glowing. Merry Christmas..

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    December 23, 2014 at 19:01

  68. “… candles need darkness In which to shine.” Like!!!! Merry Christmas and happy 2015!

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    December 23, 2014 at 19:07

  69. Beautiful series, stunning these candle light photos, like the blue windows and also the church tower
    Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

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    December 23, 2014 at 20:04

  70. Lovely post!
    So nice to be here again

    Have a wonderful Holiday season 🙂

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    December 23, 2014 at 21:37

  71. I’ve seen that beautiful service on TV…it is lovely. Wishing you and your family all the best this Christmas and into the New Year.

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    December 23, 2014 at 22:15

  72. Magnificent photography ~ love the window and the first photo with candlelight!

    Happy Holidays,
    artmusedog and carol

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    December 23, 2014 at 22:47

  73. I have taken so much pleasure this year from your posts and wonderful photos…Have a very Merry Christmas and a truly wonderful New Year.

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    December 24, 2014 at 06:08

  74. Thank you for e little shards of light your bring with your lovely photos. Have a wonderful Christmas

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    December 24, 2014 at 06:28

  75. Hi! Very solemn ceremony photos. My heart became very warm too. Thanks for sharing.

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    December 24, 2014 at 10:55

  76. I wish you a merry christmas. Happy holidays. Helga

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    December 24, 2014 at 13:28

  77. Anonymous

    Beautiful shots!

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    December 24, 2014 at 15:56

  78. Ela

    I wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year !

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    December 24, 2014 at 19:04

  79. Merry Christmas, Lady Fi!

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    December 25, 2014 at 01:38

  80. belle recherche et joyeux noël

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    December 25, 2014 at 09:34

  81. Underbara Lucia med sitt ljus i mörkaste tiden på året.
    Jätte fina bilder du fått. ♥
    Jag måste bara fråga vilken kyrka är det du har fotat?

    Hoppas du fått en fin jul. Jag hoppas också att 2015 blir ett bra år för din familj och vänner
    http://tillklippt.blogspot.se/

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    December 26, 2014 at 19:17

    • Jag fotade i Klara Kyrka, mittemot Åhlens, i Stockholm.

      Lady Fi wrote: > >

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      December 27, 2014 at 08:04

  82. Ela

    Beautiful pictures ! This tradition is wonderful !

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    December 29, 2014 at 19:17

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