The Church's ancient hymn of Easter praise addresses Christ as the Morning Star-an image that heralds the hope of a new day. Sr Magdalen Lawler has presented a moving reflection on the Scriptural and artistic depth within 16 of Sieger K der's paintings. This book offers a wealth of scriptural and artistic insight into the work of a contemporary iconic painter. When the Church's ancient hymn of Easter praise addresses Christ as the Morning Star, it refers to a natural phenomenon that occurs when the planet Venus appears in the east before sunrise. Sometimes it seems to be the sun as it rises in the sky. This image of the morning star brings hope of a new day and a new dawn. The morning star sheds a peaceful and gentle light which heralds the sun's rays. In this image we see Christ, himself, First-born of the Father, who brings his peace and hope to our darkened world. He shelters us from the rays of the sun and introduces us to the light in a gentle and tender manner through his simple birth of a mother chosen from our midst.