So reads a responsory which, in theLiturgia Horarum, comes after the first reading of today's Office of Readings. Why did our Ladsy fear the light? where does the detail come from?
The responsory was taken over from the old Breviary, so we don't have to wonder about on what grounds to criticise Bugnini. A friend emailed me to ask about it, to whom I owe the English rendering (vide supra), and points out that there is no obvious source. I tried the Protevangelium Iacobi, in case it has its origin in an apocryphal source, but no luck there.
The Latin has "expavescit de lumine" - which isn't quite the same. But what is the point of this vivid little detail?
Could it be to provide a narrative reason as to exactly why our Lady was afeared? Could it have originated in a culture in which Angels did not have big give-away feathery wings, and so one would have to give a reason why she should be startled? Dunno. Interesting.