O Orient, Brightness of the Eternal Light, and Sun of Righteousness: Come, and lighten them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death.
Luke i. 78, 79; Malachi iv. 2; Wisdom vii. 26; Hebrews i. 3; John i. 4, 5; Titus iii. 4; Luke vii. 22; Ephesians v. 8-14.
O Lord Jesu Christ, Who art the outshining of Thy Father's glory, Light streaming forth from Light: Thou didst come in the incarnation to our poor darkened world as the Sun of Righteousness bringing healing in Thy beams, dispelling noxious influences, and gladdening men's hearts with the good news of their Father's kindness and love for man: Come, we pray Thee, now by Thy grace, and through Thy Church let Thy truth and love shine forth to all that are in the darkness of sin or ignorance or error; penetrate the hidden recesses of our hearts, and enlighten the cruel habitations of the earth.
This and following paraphrases from The Advent Antiphons, by A. C. A. Hall, Bishop of Vermont, 1914
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