joyous radiance


Make us glad O God,
   in recounting your mercies and adoring your holiness,
   and let it be our chief joy to glorify your holy name.
Almighty and everlasting God,
   the brightness of faithful souls,
   who brought the Gentiles to your light
   and made known to them
   him who is the true Light,
   and the bright and morning Star:
fill, we ask you, the world with your glory,
   and show yourself by the radiance of your light
   to all nations.

The Gregorian Sacramentary, Roman service book, 7-8th Century



After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.”

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