O Rising Sun Fifth Antiphon Reflection 2011

 Sunrise over planet earth Image from here

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

The word Oriens means Morning Star", Dayspring, Rising Sun, Radiant Dawn and Orient 

Oriens was the name of the ancient Roman sun god, the source of warmth, energy, and light. Oriens also means the rising sun, the victory of light over the shadows of the night.
From the earliest times, Christians at prayer have turned towards the East. Christ is the Dayspring, the rising sun and the eastward orientation of churches and altars is a way of expressing the great cry at Mass: “Lift up your hearts and the response We lift them up towards the Lord.”
They all beautifully express the idea of light shattering the darkness of night, of sin and death, of sickness and despair, with its brightness bringing healing and warmth to cold hearts. 

"The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light. Upon those who dwelt in the land of gloom a light has shone". Isaiah
Malachi 3:20: "For you who fear my name, there will arise the sun of justice with its healing rays".
2 Peter 1:19: "Keep your attention closely fixed on it, as you would on a lamp shining in a dark place, until the first streaks of dawn appear and the morning star rises in your heart".

Jesus is indeed the true light, the radiance of his Father's splendor. 
In the daily Benedictus are these words of Zechariah: 

"He, the Dayspring, shall visit us in his mercy to shine on those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death"  

Click here for a post I did last year titled Are You Ready To Be Charged With The Grandeur Of God ? 

Just before the dawn breaks through, when it is darkest, there shines the bright Morning Star shines. It is a beacon of light, telling of the promise of a new day. 

May it pierce our souls, and lift our spirits and our hearts.  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!

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