The 12th Day of Christmas
Collect: The Epiphany
O God, by the leading of a star You manifest Your only Son to the people of the earth: Lead us, who know you now by faith, to your presence, where we may see Your glory face to face; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen
Isaiah 60: 1-6 The Prophet envisions the end of exile and the glorious restoration of Jerusalem. The invitation: God’s great glory can rise for us.
Psalm 72:1-7, 10-14 May fears that paralyze the people rise up from the depths into your light! “From injustice and oppression, You redeem their life, and precious are they in Your heart.”
Ephesians 3:1-12 . . . the revealed mystery that Christ’s salvation extends beyond Judaism to include all people. “So through the church the wisdom of God in its rich varieties might now be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly places.”
Mathew 2:1-12 The wise men of the east (Gentiles) guided by a star, came to visit the child born to be king.
Collect: The Last Week of Christmas
O God, who wonderfully created, and yet more wonderfully restored, the dignity of human nature: Grant that we may share the divine life of Him who humbled Himself to share our humanity, Your Son Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with You, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen