An Advent Candle Lighting Song
Tune: Venite Adoremus, Traditional Carol, – the same tune as “The Snow Lay on the Ground”
Lyrics by Rev. Elana Keppel Levy, 2023
Inspired by 2 Peter 1:19 & Revelation 22:16 where Jesus is called the Morning Star.
1. When stars fall from the sky and all seems bleak,
We strain to see beyond our pain and grief.
A candle in the dark, a dance of light,
Reminds us hope’s alive, through longest night.
Refrain: The morning star will rise within our hearts.
The morning star will rise within our hearts.
2. The ground cries out for peace as war goes on.
The innocent join in the plaintive song.
The mountain will be low, the valley high.
Creation clears the way: our God is nigh.
3. My spirit leaps for joy: the Lord provides!
The mighty and the weak stand side by side.
Though some crave more and more while others lack,
God heals us all – community comes back!
4. Could love remake the world, each simple sign?
Or are we trapped in sin’s corrupt design?
We listen for the angel, rapt and awed.
“O, nothing is impossible for God.”
5. A light shines in this place – a child is born.
His mother holds him close, wrapped snug and warm.
Like Mary let us now embrace our Lord!
The Savior Christ is born, God’s Son, the Word!
Refrain: The morning star is born within our hearts.
The morning star is born within our hearts.
Image credit: “The Great Conjunction” by The International Gemini Observatory/NOIRLab/NSF/AURA.
“In December 2020 Jupiter and Saturn appear closer in the sky to one another in the nighttime sky than they have for 800 years! Seen from Earth, Jupiter and Saturn seem to be on top of each other, but the two planets are actually 734 million kilometers (456 million miles) apart. An event such as this, when the two largest gas giant planets in our Solar System pass close to each other in the sky, is known as a great conjunction. The closest point in this conjunction coincidently fell on the Winter Solstice on 21 December, similar to the great conjunction of 7 BC — one of several possible explanations for the origin of the Star of Bethlehem. This photo was taken on 20 December at 07:12 pm HST with the… Gemini North Cloudcam on Maunakea on the island of Hawai‘i. Gemini North is part of the international… Gemini Observatory, a program of NSF’s NOIRLab. While Jupiter and Saturn may have appeared to the naked eye as one bright star over the South Western horizon, they were in reality about one-tenth of a degree apart. The faint glow of the zodiacal light can also be seen stretching down to the horizon.”
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