The Epiphany of the Lord
Prayer for the Morning
Come, let us adore him!
Glory to the Father, and to the Son,
and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning,
is now, and will be for ever. Amen. Alleluia!
As, with gladness, men of old
Did the guiding star behold;
As with joy they hailed its light
Leading onward, beaming bright;
So, most glorious Lord, may we
Evermore be led to thee.
As with joyful steps they sped
To that lowly manger bed
There to bend the knee before
Him whom heaven and earth adore;
So may we with willing feet
Ever seek thy mercy seat.
As they offered gifts most rare
At that manger rude and bare;
So may we with holy joy,
Pure and free from sin’s alloy,
All our costliest treasures bring,
Christ, to thee, our heavenly King.
PSALM 482-6a, 7, 9-11
Our God is for ever and always./ It is he who leads us. (cf. Ps 48:15)
God dwells among his people in the flesh of Jesus Christ, born in Bethlehem of old, present in the Eucharist in our day. Like the Magi, let us bring the gifts of our worship before him in praise, adoration, and thanksgiving.
The Lord is great and worthy to be praised
in the city of our God.
His holy mountain rises in beauty,
the joy of all the earth.
Mount Zion, true pole of the earth,
the Great King’s city!
God, in the midst of its citadels,
has shown himself its stronghold.
For the kings assembled together,
together they advanced.
They saw; at once they were astounded.
A trembling seized them there,
like the pangs of birth.
As we have heard, so we have seen
in the city of our God,
in the city of the Lord of hosts
which God upholds for ever.
O God, we ponder your love
within your temple.
Your praise, O God, like your name
reaches to the ends of the earth.
Glory to the Father….
Word of God (Isaiah 66:22-23)
As the new heavens and the new earth/ which I will make/ Shall endure before me, says the Lord,/ so shall your race and your name endure./ From one new moon to another,/ and from one sabbath to another,/ All mankind shall come to worship/ before me, says the Lord.
You must fear the Lord and worship him faithfully with your whole heart; keep in mind the great things
he has done among you. (1 Sm 12:24)
CANTICLE OF ZECHARIAH
All the nations will come/ and worship before you. (Rv 15:4)
Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel;
he has come to his people and set them free.
He has raised up for us a mighty savior,
born of the house of his servant David.
Through his holy prophets he promised of old
that he would save us from our enemies,
from the hands of all who hate us.
He promised to show mercy to our fathers
and to remember his holy covenant.
This was the oath he swore to our father Abraham:
to set us free from the hands of our enemies,
free to worship him without fear,
holy and righteous in his sight
all the days of our life.
You, my child, shall be called the prophet
of the Most High;
for you will go before the Lord to prepare his way,
to give his people knowledge of salvation
by the forgiveness of their sins.
In the tender compassion of our God
the dawn from on high shall break upon us,
to shine on those who dwell in darkness
and the shadow of death,
and to guide our feet into the way of peace.
Glory to the Father…
Following the Magi, we adore our Savior and sing his praise:
R/We adore you, O Christ, and we worship you!
Christ manifested in the flesh,
– sanctify us through the Gospel and through prayer. R/
Christ proclaimed to the nations,
– open our hearts to the power of the Spirit. R/
Christ exalted in glory,
– kindle in us the desire for your Kingdom. R/
O Lord, our God, a star led the Magi to your Son. May the sound of your Word and the light of your Spirit lead us today to worship before him in Spirit and in truth, bringing the gift of our lives to him, who lives and reigns for ever and ever. Amen.