Now is the fulness of hope

CHRIST is the morning star,
who when the night of this world has passed,
brings to his saints the promised light of life,
and opens to them everlasting day. Amen.

St Bede, Commentary on the Apocalypse II.

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Venus rising in the East before dawn (the Morning Star)

Venus rising in the East before dawn (the Morning Star)

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LO! Thou Splendor of the dayspring*, (Lk 1:78)
fairest of angels sent to men upon earth,
Thou Radiance of the Sun of righteousness, (Mal 4:2)
bright beyond the stars,
Thou of Thy very self dost illumine all the tides of time!

Even as Thou, God begotten of God, Son of the true Father,
didst ever dwell without beginning in the glory of heaven,
so Thine own handiwork in its present need
imploreth Thee with confidence
that Thou send us the bright sun,
and come in Thy very person
to enlighten those who have long been covered with murky cloud,
and sitting here in darkness and eternal night, shrouded in sins,
have been forced to endure the shadow of death. (Lk 1:79)

Now in the fulness of hope
we believe in the salvation brought to men through the Word of God,
who was in the beginning co-eternal with God the Father almighty,
and afterward became flesh without blemish,
being born of the virgin as a help for the afflicted.

God appeared among us without sin;
the mighty Son of God and the Son of Man
dwelt together in harmony among mankind (Lk 2:14).

Wherefore it is right
that we should ever give thanks by our deeds
unto the Lord of victory,
for that He was willing to send Himself unto us.

Cynewulf and others (7th century), “Crist” I (Advent), translated by Charles Huntington Whitmen (Source).

*In Anglo-Saxon the star is named Earendel.

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UPON them that walk in the darkness of their sins thou hast dawned as Light, O Christ, in this season of temperance.

Reveal even unto us the auspicious day of thy Passion, that we may cry out to thee, Arise, O God, have mercy on us.

Doxastikon at Lauds on the Second Sunday of Lent.

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