Ralph Connor Memorial United Church

The Little White Church on Main Street, Canmore, Alberta

Evensong ~ Advent II ~ Wednesday, December 8, 2021 @ 7:15 PM

You, darkness, of whom I am born—

I love you more than the flame

that limits the world

to the circle it illuminates

and excludes all the rest.

But the dark embraces everything:

shapes and shadows, creatures and me,

people, nations—just as they are.

It lets me imagine

a great presence stirring beside me.

I believe in the night.

~ Rainer Maria Rilke, Rilke’s Book of Hours : Love Poems to God

Whom should I turn to,

if not the one whose darkness

is darker than night, the only one

who keeps vigil with no candle

and is not afraid—

the deep one, whose being I trust,

for it breaks through the earth into trees,

and rises,

when I bow my head,

faint as a fragrance

from the soil.

~ Rainer Maria Rilke, Rilke’s Book of Hours : Love Poems to God