Songs for Epiphany: Brightest and Best of the Stars of the Morning
Epiphany begins today, January 6, 2012, and goes until the beginning of Lent on Wed. February 22, 2012 (Ash Wednesday).
The word epiphany means “the Revealing,” or “the Showing,” and celebrates Christ’s revealing to the Gentiles. The coming of the Three Kings, and Jesus Baptism by John The Baptist are key stories focused on during the Epiphany Season.
We’ll have fun posting some global Christian songs (and other arts) on these themes over the next 6 weeks, plus other Informative Tidbits.
You’ll also continue to see some global Christmas songs highlighted. Friends and I put together 3 different Global Christmas Song Festivals in Dallas, and some video links will be posted for those as they are ready.
Now for our first Epiphany song of the year, suggested by Darrell Harris. The lyrics have a new tune, composed and recorded by CCM star John Fischer in 1973.
Brightest and best of the sons of the morning
Dawn on our darkness and lend us Thine aid
Star of the east the horizon adorning
Guide where our infant redeemer is laid
Cold on His cradle the dewdrops are shining
Low lies His head with the beasts of the stall
Angels adore Him in slumber reclining
Maker and Monarch and Savior of all
Say shall we yield Him in costly devotion
Odors of Edom and offerings divine
Gems from the mountain and pearls from the ocean
Myrrh from the forest or gold from the mine
Vainly we offer each ample oblation
Vainly with gifts would His favor secure
Richer by far is the heart’s adoration
Dearer to God are the prayers of the poor
from Still Life, released 10 January 1973
Words by Reginald Heber (1793-1826)
New Music by John Fischer
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