Week 2 – Veiled in Darkness Judah Lay – Advent 2018

Bellwether_journal_cover_stamp-11Welcome to Advent 2018

This year we are going to blog our way through the whole season of Advent & Christmas sharing one song a day! In week 1 we looked at advent songs that draw from OT language. In week 2 we are looking at gorgeous Advent texts that have been retuned.

Veiled in Darkness Judah Lay
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Penned in the winter of 1915 by Douglas Rights, 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. (notes)

LYRICS:

1 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, peace on earth, goodwill, goodwill to men.”

2 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 our darkness pierce again,
“Peace on earth, peace on earth, goodwill, goodwill to men.”

3 Light of light, we humbly pray,
Shine upon your world today;
Break the gloom of our dark night,
Fill our souls with love and light,
Send your blessed word again,
“Peace on earth, peace on earth, goodwill, goodwill to men.”

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