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South: Winston-Salem, N.C.

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Morning Star, O Cheering Sight

The singing of “Morning Star, O Cheering Sight” is a longstanding, heartwarming Christmas Eve tradition in many Moravian congregations. A young person from the congregation is invited to lead the singing, which features a call and response. As the song comes to a close, worshipers hold up their lighted beeswax candles, filling darkened sanctuaries with a warm and festive glow. The final line invites the coming Christ to “fill our hearts with light divine.”

 

Morning Star, O cheering sight!*12242016morningstarcandlelight-6
Ere thou cam’st, how dark earth’s night!
Morning Star, O cheering sight!
Ere thou cam’st, how dark earth’s night!
Jesus mine, in me shine;
in me shine, Jesus mine;
fill my heart with light divine.

Morning Star, thy glory bright
far excels the sun’s clear light.
Morning Star, thy glory bright
far excels the sun’s clear light.
Jesus be, constantly,
constantly, Jesus be
more than thousand suns to me.

Thy glad beams, thou Morning Star,
cheer the nations near and far.
Thy glad beams, thou Morning Star,
cheer the nations near and far.
Thee we own, Lord alone,
Lord alone, thee we own,
our dear Savior, God’s dear Son.

Morning Star, my soul’s true light,
tarry not, dispel my night.
Morning Star, my soul’s true light,
tarry not, dispel my night.
Jesus mine, in me shine;
in me shine, Jesus mine;
fill my heart with light divine.

* Sung antiphonally with solo and congregation


Text: Johann Scheffler (1657). Tr. Bennet Harvey, Jr. (1885)
Tune: Francis Florentine Hagen (1836)
Reprinted from the 1995 Moravian Book of Worship with the permission of the Interprovincial Board of Communication, Moravian Church in America.

Moravian Daily Texts

06/18/2018

Monday, June 18 — Psalm 77:16–20
Numbers 33:10–56; Luke 2:41–52

Thus says the Lord, “I will rejoice in doing good to them.” Jeremiah 32:41

Jesus said, “I am the gate. Whoever enters by me will be saved, and will come in and go out and find pasture.” John 10:9

Dearest Lord Jesus, you are the good gate. We turn our faces to you, and thank you for your gentle might. May all we do and say bring someone to your opened gate today. Amen.

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