Light and hope

The tradition of Lucia is my favourite time of year:

When the darkness is lit up with candles and song.

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The light comes in many forms —

Whether it is the hope

For better times to come

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Or as a metaphor for love and compassion:

Those two metaphorical candles that drive out the darkness.

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For more light, please visit: Our World.

72 responses

  1. Lovely pictures…let there be light around all of us, whatever form we talk about 🙂

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    December 14, 2015 at 15:21

  2. wonderful.

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    December 14, 2015 at 16:14

  3. I particularly like the first picture. There’s is always a strong sense of fellowship in the shared creation of light and song.

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    December 14, 2015 at 16:23

  4. They are all special images, but I am really taken by the choir and the candlelight…Have a wonderful holiday.

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    December 14, 2015 at 17:04

  5. Such a gorgeous post Fi. I love it. Your top photo is so atmospheric, almost as good as being there.

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    December 14, 2015 at 17:07

  6. Oh, St, Lucia is one of my favorite days in Sweden! This year I completely forgot to bake Lussekatt…:-(

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    December 14, 2015 at 17:09

  7. I love the tradition of Lucia, it so lovely and moving with the candlelight and song.

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    December 14, 2015 at 17:11

  8. Beautiful…

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    December 14, 2015 at 17:15

  9. Mac

    love that skyscape

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    December 14, 2015 at 17:31

  10. Beautiful Fiona!

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    December 14, 2015 at 17:34

  11. Colourful images, thanks Fi.

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    December 14, 2015 at 17:42

  12. There something so beautiful about candles in the darkness. Probably why most of us like Christmas lights at night, too. 😉

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    December 14, 2015 at 18:06

  13. I will post this to my Facebook page – so luminous, inspiring!

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    December 14, 2015 at 18:31

    • Thank you!

      Lady Fi wrote: > >

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      December 15, 2015 at 05:41

  14. Fantastic shots. Nice use of light.

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    December 14, 2015 at 18:37

  15. Such a lovely post.

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    December 14, 2015 at 18:44

  16. Bill Dodd

    Very lovely shots— but that third one is incredible!

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    December 14, 2015 at 18:57

  17. Beautiful photos and words.

    Wish you a nice day.

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    December 14, 2015 at 19:18

  18. Ron

    Fiona, that first shot of the choir is just beautiful! I love the way you captured the candlelight.

    And the final shot is MAGNIFICENT. Not only the image itself but also the feeling you get when you look at it – utter peace and serenity. It actually looks like a painting.

    Bellissima, my friend!

    X

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    December 14, 2015 at 20:18

  19. Definitely the best sentiments for every day of the year indeed!

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    December 14, 2015 at 20:22

  20. The first one is great with a cool ambiance but the last one, wow. Bravo!!

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    December 14, 2015 at 20:30

  21. Beautiful!!! Each image. I too would love the lighted choir.

    PS….love your fur baby’s babies on the “Our World” linking last week…I didn’t have a chance to pay any visits ’til today.

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    December 14, 2015 at 20:34

  22. I saw this from Marian’s FB posting. I’m also struck by the idea of light during this dark time of the year. Beautiful photos–the choir photo is stunning!

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    December 14, 2015 at 20:38

  23. Beautiful photos! Lucia lighting up the dark days and nights.

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    December 14, 2015 at 20:39

  24. Such masterful photographs. How lucky you are to live surrounded by such beauty.

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    December 14, 2015 at 20:52

  25. Thanks to you and Marian Beaman on Facebook, I have these beautiful reminders of light in the darkness, a universal theme this time of year. Blessings and joy.

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    December 14, 2015 at 21:04

  26. So beautiful, Fi. I wish I could hear the music. I’m sure it sounded heavenly. 🙂

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    December 14, 2015 at 22:06

  27. Beautiful!

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    December 15, 2015 at 01:15

  28. This is a beautiful post. On so many levels. Thank you.

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    December 15, 2015 at 03:17

  29. Happy Saint Lucia Day a day late I know the light will return in a few weeks now:)

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    December 15, 2015 at 05:36

  30. sylviakirk

    So beautiful, as always and such a wonderful way to wind down my day!! Thank you SO much for all you do! I hope you have a great week and a wonderful holiday season!! Enjoy!!

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    December 15, 2015 at 05:59

  31. I love the choir singing by candlelight. I love the Sankta Lucia tradition which I was lucky enough to be part of one year in a Swedish community over here. Beautiful soft pink lighting in that third shot.

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    December 15, 2015 at 06:06

  32. Lovely photos, this year is the first year I learned about St Lucia from several blogs.

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    December 15, 2015 at 07:09

  33. A Swedish St Lucia it’s on my bucket list now – next best thing is viewing through your photos and inspiring words.
    Wren x

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    December 15, 2015 at 08:53

  34. A lovely feast indeed. I could wish it had been exported to the UK !

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    December 15, 2015 at 11:54

  35. I wonder how every time you come up with such brilliant captures! ❤

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    December 15, 2015 at 12:10

  36. wonderful!

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    December 15, 2015 at 12:13

  37. Beautiful images. I think we could all use an extra dose of hope and light now.

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    December 15, 2015 at 12:48

  38. Hello, the choir image is just beautfiul. Lovely scenes and images. Happy Tuesaday, enjoy your week ahead!

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    December 15, 2015 at 13:13

  39. Always, we must have light in soul… we must be optimistic and have compassion! inspired by…
    And the “apricot” sunset light, as a color, it is magnifique…
    All the best and my greetings for the december and winter holidays! Happy Holidays to you and whole family!

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    December 15, 2015 at 13:29

  40. Beautiful photos!

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    December 15, 2015 at 13:52

  41. Al

    How beautiful – it looks like a great tradition.

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    December 15, 2015 at 15:28

  42. i fell in love with the last photo

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    December 15, 2015 at 18:09

  43. These are beautiful shots.

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    December 15, 2015 at 18:23

  44. Coloring Outside the Lines

    Beautiful!

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    December 15, 2015 at 18:39

  45. Light in all its forms is most welcome!

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    December 15, 2015 at 19:55

  46. Very beautiful words and photos, Lady Fi!
    I am glad I stopped by.
    Have a Beautiful Day!!
    Peace 🙂

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    December 15, 2015 at 23:04

  47. Thank you for the beautiful photos and sentiments!

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    December 16, 2015 at 00:59

  48. thecrazysheeplady

    Gorgeous!

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    December 16, 2015 at 02:09

  49. Let there be light..I love the peaceful ambience in the first photo..and the tinted glass as well :)..

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    December 16, 2015 at 05:27

  50. Lovely images! Great job capturing that church scene!

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    December 16, 2015 at 06:11

  51. belle prise de cette première photo

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    December 16, 2015 at 09:35

  52. Interesting capture on three different moments of light! Lovely indeed

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    December 16, 2015 at 11:09

  53. wonderful 🙂

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    December 16, 2015 at 11:28

  54. I didn’t realise you live in Sweden! How nice. May I ask where? Is your third photo taken around where you live? It’s lovely with the pink sky.

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    December 16, 2015 at 12:29

  55. So beautiful…we need those two candles desperately right now!

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    December 16, 2015 at 14:24

  56. miyahde

    Dearest Lady-fi; Wow, what amazing and timely captures of ‘Light and hope’ ♡♡♡
    Sending Lots of Love and Hugs from Japan to my Dear friend in England, xoxo Miyako*

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    December 16, 2015 at 15:58

  57. And the light is there at the beginning of winter !! Sometimes sweet it warms us !! Beautiful series – I wish you an excellent end of year festivities

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    December 16, 2015 at 19:32

  58. lovely mood 🙂

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    December 16, 2015 at 19:35

  59. A beautiful tradition!

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    December 16, 2015 at 19:44

  60. Ela

    Wow ! Gorgeous pictures !
    Greetings

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    December 16, 2015 at 20:17

  61. la prima immagine è veramente straordinaria! una vera meraviglia nel gioco dei coloti!

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    December 17, 2015 at 04:02

  62. Beautiful, light is one of my favorite metaphors.

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    December 17, 2015 at 05:01

  63. a good picture of hope 🙂

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    December 17, 2015 at 05:24

  64. Wonderful images indeed!

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    December 17, 2015 at 07:28

  65. I always cling to the hope that the world can become a better place, Fi. It begins with each and every one of us. Peace in the new Year!

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    December 17, 2015 at 07:33

  66. lovely shots. especially the last one. happy holidays!

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    December 17, 2015 at 12:10

  67. daryledelstein

    lovely and so very perfect for this season ..

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    December 17, 2015 at 14:47

  68. The candlelight ceremony must seem like angels have descended to earth. A beautiful symbol of hope.

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    December 17, 2015 at 16:48

  69. Beautiful pictures. First one stands out.

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    December 18, 2015 at 01:00

  70. Beautiful. There’s something magical about the first image, Fiona.

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    December 19, 2015 at 18:10

  71. Magical photos of a magical time.

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    December 20, 2015 at 15:48

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