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