Sunday, 5 January 2014

Last Day of Christmas - Christ is made known a day early

I know tomorrow is really Epiphany (that day which celebrates Jesus, the Christ, being made known to the non-believing world - the world of science, learning and unbelieving faith) but where I am (and in many other places too) we will be celebrating it today.

In today's services the two prayers below (the Collect and Post Communion prayers respectively):

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 for ever. Amen.

Lord God,
the bright splendour whom the nations seek:
may we who with the wise men have been drawn by your light
discern the glory of your presence in your Son,
the Word made flesh, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

And by way of a bonus there is this most wonderful carol to close Christmas with:

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