O Radiant Dawn, splendor of eternal light, sun of justice: come and shine on those who dwell in darkness and in the shadow of death.
The fifth antiphon begins with the traditional title for Christ, O Radiant Dawn (O Oriens).
This title is variously translated morning star, Dayspring, rising sun, radiant dawn, orient. All beautifully express the idea of light shattering the darkness of night, of sin and death, of sickness and despair, with its brightness bringing healing and warmth to cold hearts. Jesus is indeed the true light, the radiance of His Father’s splendor.
The people who sat in darkness have seen a great light, and for those who sat in the region and shadow of death light has dawned.Matthew 4:16
Today, O radiant dawn, come and be the brightness of eternal light of my life and enlighten me when I sit in darkness.