Sunday, 5 January 2014

Monday 6 January (Epiphany) - Prayer

The Collect for Epiphany
“O God,
who by the leading of a star
manifested your only Son to the peoples of the earth:
mercifully grant that we,
who know you now by faith,
may at last behold your glory face to face;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever. Amen”

Today we celebrate the feast of the Epiphany when the divine nature of Jesus was revealed to the Gentiles as represented by the Magi.

“Shine brightly,
star of God,
and guide our wandering world
to where a prince of Peace is born.

Where children wish upon a star
or wise men scan the universe in hope
let your bright beams
surround their dreams
and guide their hesitating feet
to where a miracle is born.

Enable each of us
to make a New Year’s journey
leaving behind the prejudices and fears

of yester-year,
embracing a fresh openness
by which we welcome all world pilgrims
whose journeys end in worship and humility.

Be a sign today
of mercy and of love
like a rainbow in spring
or the bright summer sun
and show us how our lives can include the forgotten and forlorn,
the grieving and the hurt.

And we will offer
to our God
now seen and touched in straw-filled bed
the best gifts in the world:
our joy, our grief, our life.”            (David Jenkins)
Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

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