Lyrically framed as an Advent vigil, this luminous, hopeful anthem is crowned by a memorable theme set in minor mode. The message is of deep yearning and the music rises to meet this spiritual longing for Messiah. Harmonically colorful, choirs will find many moments of expressive beauty hidden in its sensitive phrasing. The stunning refrain is a prayer for “God with us,” that settles on a cadence of serene grace. Artful!