Materials for Advent (2013) — Day 23

 

The Magi and the Star

 

And behold, he said unto them: Behold, I give unto you a sign; for five years more cometh, and behold, then cometh the Son of God to redeem all those who shall believe on his name.

And behold, this will I give unto you for a sign at the time of his coming; for behold, there shall be great lights in heaven, insomuch that in the night before he cometh there shall be no darkness, insomuch that it shall appear unto man as if it was day.

Therefore, there shall be one day and a night and a day, as if it were one day and there were no night; and this shall be unto you for a sign; for ye shall know of the rising of the sun and also of its setting; therefore they shall know of a surety that there shall be two days and a night; nevertheless the night shall not be darkened; and it shall be the night before he is born.

And behold, there shall a new star arise, such an one as ye never have beheld; and this also shall be a sign unto you.  (Helaman 14:2-5)

 

“‎Those who aren’t following Jesus aren’t his followers. It’s that simple. Followers follow, and those who don’t follow aren’t followers. To follow Jesus means to follow Jesus into a society where justice rules, where love shapes everything. To follow Jesus means to take up his dream and work for it.”  (Scot McKnight)

 

“Star of the morning,” reads a carol by Joseph Martin, “sing to our shadows, cry to our winter.”

 

Here it is, “There is a Star,” in a performance by the BYU Combined Choirs.  I hope you can access the full song:

 

https://play.spotify.com/album/56OTlJNczWRoX5gB2JVekS

 

Partial recordings, also by the BYU Combined Choirs, are available elsewhere, including here:

 

http://www.byumusicstore.com/celebration-of-christmas-there-is-a-star-cd-byu-combined-choirs-and-orchestra/

 

The lyrics were very difficult to track down.  Ultimately, a good friend, Vicki McMurray, a member of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir with a master’s degree in choral conducting, supplied them for me.  (And hosted us for a wonderful dinner tonight).  Here they are:

 

O Morning Star, O promised LIght, our longing hearts are opened wide.
When will we see your glory?
 
There is a star in Bethlehem, a pure and holy light;
a sacred flame from heaven’s hearth to warm the deepest night;
*A beacon in the wilderness, holy star in the the night and a fire to lead the way;
a silver promise in the sky that shines the light of day.
 
There is a star, promise of heaven, shining with power and glory.
Star of the morning, sing to our shadows, cry to our winter;
come be our song in the night.  There is a star.
 
Star of wonder lead us on to a manger filled with straw;
where waits the bright and Morning Star, the Savior of us all.
 
There is a star, promise of heaven, shining with power and glory
Star of the morning, sing to our shadows, cry to our winter;
come be our song in the night.
 
There is a star. O star of the morning.
 
*This line is awkward metrically because the men and women layer parts of the phrase.

 

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