Looking back over the centuries since the birth of Christ in the humble manger in Bethlehem, one cannot help but feel an immense admiration for the deep and defining effect that his birth had on the world.

This birth was made known to the poor shepherds by a "multitude of heavenly bodies" and to the people of Israel by the arrival of the three Kings from the East.

But what was that light that led them away from their homeland? What was that mysterious and wondrous star whose radiant light has illuminated and inspired humanity for more than 2,000 years?