The darkness of earth’s vain madness
Has covered ev’ry nation;
They walk in clouded wilderness,
Not knowing God’s creation.
But now in human form appears
Jesus, our Light, dispersing fears,
And darkness yields submission.
(Kingo: Vaer trostig, Zion L 194:2. tr. DeGarmeaux; tune: Es ist das Heil (ELH 241), Laache: Book of Family Prayer, #56)
The star is the most well-known symbol for Epiphany. It guided the magi to the newborn Christ. In a similar way the Word of God guides us today to Christ. The Word illuminates for us Christ’s purpose for becoming incarnate: the cross.
This Epiphany symbol uses a star to illuminate the cross, the focal point for each of these church year icons.