Epiphany Benediction Reflection before the Blessed Sacrament

This Evening’s Bible Reading Matthew 2:1-12 The coming of Gentile magi, the direction of the star, the gifts for the Messiah: all for the worship of the new-born king. Yet the clash between light and dark, praise and fear, foreshadow the end of the Gospel even in its beginning. Reflection/Meditation “On 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.” Matthew 2:11 As we kneel before the real Presence of Jesus our Lord, we rejoice that the “Epiphany” means manifestation, not only to the three magi from the East, which this lovingly prepare

Epiphany Sunday

Introduction and Call to Worship With the example of the Magi, and the promise shared with all nations and all creation, we come together today as worshippers of the one who came to bring light and praise into our world. Today’s Readings First Reading Isaiah 60:1-6 The prophet foretells a better time, for the light of a new generation, for all the earth and peoples, nations and rulers, has come. For what purpose? To proclaim the praise of the Lord. Second Reading Ephesians 3:1-12 God’s commission of grace, the revelation of the mystery, has come to this new generation by the Holy Spirit. Now we are all heirs, all members of the same body, all sharers in God’s promise of new life. G
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