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O Dayspring, splendor light everlasting:  Come and enlighten those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death.

Oh, come, our Dayspring from on high, 
And cheer us by your drawing nigh, 
Disperse the gloomy clouds of night, 
And death’s dark shadows put to flight. 
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel 
Shall come to you, O Israel!

Light is one of the great themes of the Bible and of the coming of the Messiah.  The glory of the Lord shone about the shepherds keeping watch over their flocks by night. The dayspring would arise as prophesied by Malachi: Malachi 1 “For behold, the day is coming, burning like an oven, when all the arrogant and all evildoers will be stubble. The day that is coming shall set them ablaze, says the LORD of hosts, so that it will leave them neither root nor branch. 2But for you who fear my name,the sun of righteousness shall rise with healing in its wings. You shall go out leaping like calves from the stall. 3And you shall tread down the wicked, for they will be ashes under the soles of your feet, on the day when I act, says the LORD of hosts.

Then the well known verses:
Isaiah 9:  2 The people who walked in darkness   have seen a great light;those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness,   on them has light shined.

Light is sign and symbol of seeing with heart, soul and mind by faith through God’s Word.  Etymologically, it is important that the word translated as “dayspring” in Latin is “oriens” which can also be rendered, “east”.  The obvious is the sun rises in the east.  Note: from “oriens” we have our word “orient” and “orientation”.  We humans can only be oriented correctly by light.  Light does not shine from us but on us that we not lose our way, physically, intellectually or spiritually.  His Word is Lamp unto our feet (Psalm 119).  The Temple in Jerusalem faced the east.  Traditionally, Christian church buildings faced the east and Christians are buried facing the east.  In the Church, in times past, the west was considered the haunt of the demonic but the east is from whence comes our Savior and so we face His way and are oriented.  We lose our way so easily.  We seek direction from people who say they know the way but do not have the good guide,  the Bible.  The Lord caught the attention of Persian astrologers, the magi and led them by a star.  But it was finally the Bible, the Word of God, that led them to Bethlehem.  Don’t trust your senses to find God, He will find you by His Word. His Word is more trustworthy than even your thoughts and feelings.  His Word will orient you to your heavenly home.

St. John 1:

1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.2He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. 4 In him was life, and the life was the light of men. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

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