O Morning Star, How Fair and Bright (LSB 395)

The text and tune of O Morning Star, How Fair and Bright was written by 16th century Lutheran hymn writer Philipp Nicolai. Nicolai served as a pastor in Germany during the time of the plague in the late 1500s, which claimed 1300 of his parishioners. To comfort his parishioners, he wrote a series of meditations, to which he appended two hymns: Wake, Awake, for Night is Flying and O Morning Star, How Fair and Bright. With a wealth of imagery, this hymn hails Christ as our deliverer and celebrates His triumph.

Epiphany is one of the oldest seasons in the Christian Church year, second only to the Easter season. This Season of Lights emphasizes Jesus’ manifestation as God and man. The earliest Christians called the Feast of Epiphany the Theophany (“revelation of God”).

The day of Epiphany, celebrated on January 6, commemorates the arrival of the Magi in Bethlehem to worship the Messiah and bring Him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. Since the earliest days of the Christian Church, these wise men have been considered to be representatives of all the peoples of the earth. By means of a miraculous star, God showed them that Jesus was born to be not only the King of the Jews, but the Lord and Savior of all nations.