Epiphany Year A

Published on 03 Jan 2017
And they fell on their knees and worshipped him  Unknown C16 via Wikimedia Commons

Let us pray – grateful for the glory revealed today through God made man:

Father of light, unchanging God, you reveal to people of faith the resplendent fact of the Word made flesh.

Your light is strong, your love is near; draw us beyond the limits which this world imposes to the life where your Spirit makes all life complete.

Father, lead us to our glory in heaven by the light of faith. 
Opening Prayer

Arise, shine out, for your light has come, the glory of the Lord is rising on you.
First Reading

The sight of the star filled them with delight … And falling on their knees they did him homage.

Today you revealed in Christ your eternal plan of salvation.
Preface of the Epiphany

God has called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.
Solemn Blessing of the Epiphany

The busy (and hopefully enjoyable) side of Christmas is drawing to a close. I may be able to spend some time in quiet – silent or wordless – prayer.

I may pray before a lit candle or, wrapped up, go outside looking with the Magi at the stars: God’s light illuminating my darkness … ‘Father of light’ … ‘unchanging God.’

I may reflect on this Christmastide … when and how was I aware of the nearness of God’s love?  At mass?  With someone I love? In a precious moment of quiet?

There may have been difficult times this past year … I may like to ask for a stronger faith: to believe ‘Your light is strong, your love is near.’

I pray that God’s Spirit will help me understand the mystery of Christmas joy: God is and will be with us/with me in this new year.