Thanks to WNDU TV in South Bend for this access to shared live coverage from NBC. Thanks to Dan Schutte for his song (“Holy Darkness” copyright 2001, performed in this video), with lyrics including these:
As the watchman waits for morning,
and the bride awaits her groom,
so we wait to hear your footsteps
as we rest beneath your moon.
And thanks to Brother Guy Consolmagno, SJ, director of the Vatican Observatory, for comments you can see here.
Last but not least, thanks to John the Evangelist, who wrote, “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” This Bible connection to today’s events is found in a prayer-provoking blog post about light and darkness from Jack Wellman in Patheos in 2015. Let’s use this eclipse as a moment of holy darkness for reflection, rest, awe, and appreciation for the amazing Creator of the Universe, who also happens to be Our Father. Saint Francis would sing a song just about now.