Epiphany of Our Lord
Introit: Malachias iii: 1
Behold the Lord the Ruler is come: and the kingdom is in His hand, and power, and dominion. [Ps.] Give to the king Thy judgment, O God: and to the king's son Thy justice. Glory be.... Behold....
O God, who on this day by the guidance of a star didst manifest Thine only-begotten Son to the Gentiles; mercifully grant that we who know Thee now by faith, may be brought to the contemplation of the beauty of Thy majesty.
Epistle: Isaias ix: 1-6
A reading from Isaias the Prophet:
Arise, be enlightened, O Jerusalem: for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee. For behold, darkness shall cover the earth, and a mist shall cover the people: but the Lord shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee. And the Gentiles shall walk in thy light, and kings in the brightness of thy rising. Lift up thine eyes round about and see: all these are gathered together: they are come to thee: thy sons shall come from afar, and thy daughters shall rise at thy side. Then shalt thou see and abound, and thy heart shall wonder and be enlarged, when the multitude of the sea shall be converted to thee, the strength of the gentiles shall come to thee. The multitude of camels shall cover thee, the dromedaries of Madian and Epha: all they from Saba shall come, bringing gold and frankincense and showing forth praise to the Lord.
Gradual: Isaias lx: 6, 1
from Saba shall come, bringing gold and frankincense and showing forth
praise to the Lord. Arise and be
enlightened, O Jerusalem; for the glory of the Lord is risen upon Thee.
Gospel: Matthew ii: 1-12
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Offertory: Psalm lxxi: 10-11
The kings of Tharsis and the islands shall offer presents. The kings of the Arabians and of Saba shall bring gifts, and all kings of the earth shall adore Him. All nations shall serve Him.
Graciously look down, we beseech Thee, O Lord, upon the gifts of Thy Church: by which gold, frankincense, and myrrh are no longer laid before Thee; but He is sacrificed and received who by those very gifts was signified, Jesus Christ Thy Son, our Lord. Who with Thee....
Communion: Matthew ii: 2
We have seen His star in the East, and have come with gifts to adore the Lord.
Grant, we beseech Thee, O almighty God, that by a purified mind we may attain to the understanding of that which we solemnly celebrate.