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Epiphany of Our Lord
First Class with privileged Octave of the second order
Station: St. Peter's

[Latin Text]

Introit: Malachias iii: 1

Behold the  Lord the  Ruler is  come: and  the kingdom  is in His hand, and  power, and dominion.  [Ps.]  Give to the king Thy judgment, O God: and to the king's son Thy justice. Glory be.... Behold....


O God,  who on  this day by the guidance of a star didst manifest Thine only-begotten Son to the Gentiles;  mercifully grant that we who know Thee  now by  faith, may  be brought  to the contemplation of the beauty of Thy majesty.

During the Octave: Collects of Christmastide

Epistle: Isaias ix: 1-6

    A reading from Isaias the Prophet:

Arise, be  enlightened, O  Jerusalem: for  thy light  is come, and the glory of  the Lord  is risen  upon thee.   For  behold, darkness shall cover the  earth, and  a mist  shall cover  the people:   but the Lord shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee.  And the Gentiles shall  walk in  thy light, and kings in the brightness of thy rising.   Lift up  thine eyes  round about  and see:   all  these  are gathered together:   they  are come to thee:  thy sons shall come from afar, and  thy daughters  shall rise at thy side.  Then shalt thou see and abound,  and thy  heart shall  wonder and  be enlarged,  when  the multitude of  the sea  shall be converted to thee, the strength of the gentiles shall  come to  thee.   The multitude  of camels  shall cover thee, the  dromedaries of  Madian and  Epha:  all they from Saba shall come, bringing  gold and  frankincense and showing forth praise to the Lord.

Gradual: Isaias lx: 6, 1

All they from Saba shall come, bringing gold and frankincense and showing forth  praise to  the Lord.    Arise  and  be  enlightened,  O Jerusalem; for the glory of the Lord is risen upon Thee.
Alleluia, alleluia.   We  have seen His star in the east and have come with gifts to adore the Lord.  Alleluia.

Gospel:  Matthew ii: 1-12

+   The continuation of the holy Gospel according to Matthew:
At that time,  When Jesus  was born  in Bethlehem  of Juda in the days of King Herod, behold there  came wise men from the East to Jerusalem, saying, "Where is He  that is  born King  of the Jews?"  For we have seen His star in the east,  and have  come to adore Him.  And King Herod, hearing this, was troubled,  and all of Jerusalem with him.  And assembling together all of the chief priests and the scribes of the people, he inquired of them where  the Christ  should be  born.   But they  said to  him, "In Bethlehem of  Juda.   For so  it is  written by the Prophet, 'And thou Bethlehem, the  land of  Juda, art  not the least among the princes of Juda, for  out of thee shall come the leader that shall rule My people Israel.'"   Then  Herod,  privately  calling  the  wise  men,  learned diligently of  them the  time of  the star  that appeared to them, and sending them  into Bethlehem,  said, "Go  and diligently inquire after the Child, and when you have found Him, bring me word again, so that I also may  come and  adore Him.   Who  having heard the king went their way.   And behold  the star,  which they  had seen  in the  East, went before them  until it  came and  stood over  where the Child was.  And seeing the  star, they  rejoiced with  exceedingly  great  joy.    And entering into  the house,  they found  the Child with Mary His Mother, [Genuflect] and  falling down  they adored  Him.  And opening up their treasures, they  offered Him gifts; gold frankincense, and myrrh.  And having received  an answer  in sleep  that they  should not  return to Herod, they went back to their country by another way.


Offertory: Psalm lxxi: 10-11

The kings  of Tharsis  and the islands shall offer presents.  The kings of  the Arabians and of Saba shall bring gifts, and all kings of the earth shall adore Him.  All nations shall serve Him.


Graciously look  down, we beseech Thee, O Lord, upon the gifts of Thy Church:  by which gold, frankincense, and myrrh are no longer laid before Thee;   but  He is  sacrificed and  received who  by those very gifts was  signified, Jesus  Christ Thy  Son,  our  Lord.    Who  with Thee....

During the Octave: Secrets of Christmastide

Preface and Communicantes of Epiphany

Communion: Matthew ii: 2

We have  seen His  star in  the East, and have come with gifts to adore the Lord.


Grant, we  beseech Thee,  O almighty God, that by a purified mind we  may  attain  to  the  understanding  of  that  which  we  solemnly celebrate.

During the Octave: Postcommunions of Christmastide


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