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Salisbury Cathedral hosts 'Darkness to Light' Advent procession

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The interior of Salisbury Cathedral is illuminated by trails of candles carried by choristers during the annual 'darkness to light' advent procession on Nov. 25, in Salisbury, England. The service - which begins with the medieval cathedral in total darkness and silence before the Advent Candle is lit at the West End -is one of the most popular services of the liturgical year. The annual advent service, which takes place over three nights, is a mix of music and readings during which two great candlelit processions move around the different spaces in the 750-year-old building which, by the end, is illuminated by almost 1300 candles and is a spectacular start to the Christmas season. Editor's note: A long exposure was used in making the image and pictures were received Nov. 27.

The scale of old religious buildings -- whether they be cathedrals, temples or mosques -- are so impressive to me. The construction of Salisbury Cathedral began in 1220, and considering the architects and builders lacked the technology and machinery that we have today, I find it simply amazing that such a project and many others like it were completed at the time. Salisbury Cathedral has gone through a number of restorations, and I wonder, will people find the structures built today worthy of preservation and restoration in the future, as construction standards, for the most part, certainly don't seem to be as high.

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The interior of Salisbury Cathedral is illuminated by candles carried by choristers during the annual 'darkness to light' advent procession on Nov. 25, in Salisbury, England.