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Dec 2016

Veiled in Darkness Judah Lay

Besides this you know the time, that the hour has come for you to wake from sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now than when we first believed. The night is far gone; the day is at hand. So then let us cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light. – Romans 13:11-12

This Sunday, we will be introducing a new Advent hymn to our gathering, Veiled in Darkness Judah Lay by Douglas LeTell Rights, featured on the album Salvation is Created by Bifrost Arts. Penned in the winter of 1915, Veiled in Darkness Judah Lay was submitted by Rights for the annual hymn-writing contest for the Christmas service at Harvard Divinity School.

For over a year, war had raged in Europe, and as dark war clouds hung over the earth, Rights wrote a hymn in response to the darkness and unrest he felt in his own heart. The hymn opens by focusing on the darkness that hung over Judah, which was shattered by the glorious light that came with the birth of Christ, and the gifts of peace and good will as proclaimed by the angels. The second verse reminds us that the earth still experiences darkness, and that those seeking relief from darkness should still pray for peace and good will. The third verse actually provides us with a prayer for the Light that God Sent to the earth in Jesus Christ to shine upon us today, to shatter our darkness and fill our souls with love and light, bringing once again peace and good will.

Here are the lyrics:

Veiled in darkness Judah lay, waiting for the promised day,
While across the shadowy night streamed a flood of glorious light,
Heavenly voices chanting then, “Peace on earth, good will to men;”
Heavenly voices chanting then, “Peace on earth, good will to men.”

Still the earth in darkness lies. Up from death’s dark vale arise
Voices of a world in grief, prayers of men who seek relief.
Now the darkness pierce again, “Peace on earth, good will to men;”
Now the darkness pierce again, “Peace on earth, good will to men.”

Light of light, we humbly pray, shine upon Thy world today;
Break the gloom of our dark night, fill our souls with love and light,
Send Thy blessed Word again, “Peace on earth, good will to men.”
Send Thy blessed Word again, “Peace on earth, good will to men.”

You can listen to Veiled in Darkness Judah Lay by watching the video below, and you can purchase and download the full song by clicking here. Our hope and prayer is that as we sing and pray this together, we would be reminded that it is ultimately Jesus who brings us peace. First, between us and God; then secondly, between each other. As the bad news seemingly piles up, whether from ongoing wars, terror attacks, or our numerous political and social divisions, may we be quick to pray that Jesus would shine on us again, bringing with him peace and good will.

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