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Puer Nobis Nascitur
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PRAYER FOR THE TWELFTH NIGHT
January 6 is the Feast of Epiphany. The word “epiphany” comes from a Greek word meaning “appearance” or “manifestation” and has its roots in the word for sunrise or dawn. For Christians, Christmas marks the coming of God to us; Epiphany celebrates the appearance of the Lord in the midst of humanity.
The scripture often used on Epiphany is the story of the coming of the Magi.
This Epiphany Prayer Service can be used by one or by several. The dark and light text are responses, but they can be read by one voice. This liturgy can be used as you take down your Christmas decorations and turn out the lights of your tree.
Light a White Candle Representing the Light of Epiphany
Like a bright star in the night sky,
the life of Christ lights up the whole world.
The star of hope shines on,
and no darkness will overcome it.
The light of Christ shows us
who we are and what we can be,
where we have been and where we should go.
Let us walk in the light and give thanks to God.
You revealed Jesus to the nations by the leading of a star.
Lead us now by faith
to know your presence in our lives
and bring us at last to the full vision of your glory;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
One God, now and forever. Amen.
ANOTHER VOICE Pierre Talee, France
you have come to live among us.
What do you think of us now?
Are you sorry you came?
Do not go away;
but be patient with us,
for you are one of us—
the one who saves.
Flesh of our flesh,
save our joy!
FIRST SCRIPTURE Isaiah 61:1-4
The spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me; God has sent me to bring good news to the oppressed, to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and release to the prisoners; 2to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all who mourn; 3to provide for those who mourn in Zion— to give them a garland instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, the mantle of praise instead of a faint spirit. They will be called oaks of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, to display his glory.
4They shall build up the ancient ruins, they shall raise up the former devastations; they shall repair the ruined cities, the devastations of many generations.
SECOND SCRIPTURE Matthew 2:1-12
In the time of King Herod, after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, 2asking, “Where is the child who has been born king of the Jews? For we observed his star at its rising, and have come to pay him homage.” 3When King Herod heard this, he was frightened, and all Jerusalem with him; 4and calling together all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Messiah was to be born. 5They told him, “In Bethlehem of Judea; for so it has been written by the prophet: 6‘And you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for from you shall come a ruler who is to shepherd my people Israel.’” 7Then Herod secretly called for the wise men and learned from them the exact time when the star had appeared. 8Then he sent them to Bethlehem, saying, “Go and search diligently for the child; and when you have found him, bring me word so that I may also go and pay him homage.”
9When they had heard the king, they set out; and there, ahead of them, went the star that they had seen at its rising, until it stopped over the place where the child was. 10When they saw that the star had stopped, they were overwhelmed with joy. 11On entering the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother; and they knelt down and paid him homage. Then, opening their treasure chests, they offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. 12And having been warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they left for their own country by another road.
Listen to the tune PUER NOBIS NASCITUR playing in the background and sing the words to the last two verses, written by Charles Coffin, 1736 and found in the Glory to God #152 hymnal.
While outward signs the star displays,
an inward light the Lord conveys
and urges them, with tender might,
to seek the giver of the light.
O Jesus, while the star of grace
impels us on to seek your face,
let not our slothful hearts refuse
the guidance of your light to use.
A TWELFTH NIGHT LITANY
Holy and Mysterious God,
by the light of one star
the birth of Jesus was proclaimed to the world.
By the twinkling of many lights
we have been reminded during the Christmas season
of that star and the One for whom it shone.
As the lights of my tree
have brought peace to this home,
may I take your Light out to bring peace to the world.
You may darken the lights of your tree.
Light of the World, fill me with peace.
As the wreath on my door
has provided a welcome for all who have entered,
may I be a source of hospitality for all in this world
who need it.
You may remove the wreath from the door.
Light of the World, fill me with compassion.
As the decorations around my home have been symbols
of joy and, in the midst of daily tasks,
created small glimpses of hope in my heart,
may I bring hope and joy to all those I meet.
You may put away special decorations throughout the house.
Light of the World, fill me with hope and joy.
As the presence of the nativity in my home
has reminded me of the story of the birth of Christ
may I be a witness to others of that good news
in the work I do and the words I speak.
You may put the nativity away, whether a nativity set or a picture.
Light of the World, fill me with love.
Shine on me this night.
Fill me with every gift necessary
to be your witness in all times and places.
In the name of Christ. Amen.
THE CLOSING WORDS
God is light;
in God there is no darkness.
If we walk in light
as God is light,
we have fellowship with one another,
and communion with God.
May it be so! Amen.