December 21 (O Morning Star)

 

 

 

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Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel Shall come to you, O Israel!  

 

O Morning Star, splendour of light eternal and sun of righteousness: Come and enlighten those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death.  

 

Isaiah had prophesied: "The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who lived in a land of deep darkness—on them light has shined." Isaiah 9:2  

 

O Oriens: O Morning Star

(Written by Sanseria Murray)

 

December 21st marks the beginning of winter, a season that will be long, cold, and lifeless. It is the shortest and darkest day of the year. There is no light at the North Pole. The night is long. This is the day we celebrate, Christ the Morning Star, the Light of the World. And it seems odd.   

 

Jesus is the bright Morning Star. When we are groping in the darkness and blinded by our sin, Christ enters in with His piercing light to expose what we cannot see. Often in our lives we struggle in the dark, afraid. We hide under the cover of night, ashamed. Not wanting to be found out. Not knowing the extent of our deep hurt. Or perhaps we are wrapped in the dark night of our soul. Or are we trapped by grief. Broken. Shattered. Saddened that life didn’t turn out the way we planned. Here after night has been so long, and we have wrestled and questioned. We are left with nothing but time. It is in this, our darkest hour that we wait. Anticipate. We welcome, almost holding our breath, wondering, waiting. Ready and eager for change, we long for something different, new. So we wait, anticipate. And right before the dawn, when it is darkest, before the dawn breaks through, there shines the bright Morning Star. It is a beacon of light, telling of the promise of a new day. Our soul brightens. Our spirit lifts. Our hearts rejoice.  Come Jesus Christ, Light of the World, Bright Morning Star, light our way.  

 

O come Thou Dayspring come and cheer

Our spirits by Thy justice here

Disperse the gloomy clouds of night

And death's dark shadows put to flight

Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel

Shall come to you, O Israel!

 

The Magnificat (Song of Mary) - Luke 1:46-55    

 

My Soul Magnifies the Lord

And my spirit does rejoice in God my Savior

My Soul Magnifies the Lord

And my spirit does rejoice in God my Savior    

 

Praise the Almighty God, He’s done great things for us

Holy is His name

Praise the Almighty God, He’s done great things for us

Holy is His name    

 

My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord, my spirit rejoices in God my Savior;

for he has looked with favor on his lowly servant.    

 

From this day all generations will call me blessed:

the Almighty has done great things for me, and holy is his Name.    

 

He has mercy on those who fear him

in every generation.  

 

He has shown the strength of his arm,

he has scattered the proud in their conceit.     

 

He has cast down the mighty from their thrones,

and has lifted up the lowly.  

 

He has filled the hungry with good things,

and the rich he has sent away empty.    

 

He has come to the help of his servant Israel,

for he has remembered his promise of mercy,  

 

The promise he made to our fathers,

to Abraham and his children for ever.  

 

Musical refrain by J. Brooke Fenwick