Long ago, in the mid 1830’s, the Moravian Star was introduced to children in Moravian schools as a geometry lesson.
It was soon adopted throughout many parts of Europe, the West Indies, Greenland, Suriname, Labrador, Central America, South and East Africa and parts of India as an Advent image representing the Star of Bethlehem.
Each year in the Season of Advent, my Dutch-born husband, Hans, would open the little Moravian Star box, put the pieces together, and place the completed Moravian Star in a window in our home. It brought Hans’ family from across the miles and waters close to us in a tangible way and helped begin the Church Year in a very special way.
And now, each Advent following Hans’ unexpected death, the Moravian Star is in that same window, serving as a reminder of him, his family and the wonder of the Church Year seasons of Advent, Christmas and Epiphany. And yes, I keep the Moravian Star lit in the window throughout all three seasons because of the role the Bethlehem Star plays in the Church Year narrative.
The Season of Advent is about to begin for millions around the world. Using the symbol of light as do some other major religions around this time of the year, it brings us all together in a time of the pandemic darkness. So whether you are someone who observes Advent or Chanukah or Diwali or …, may each of us light a candle, hang a Moravian Star, make a paper star and suspend it in our window.
May we shine our light in the world
And may the Light be with us all
illuminating the darkness.
© June Maffin
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© June Maffin