06 January 2017

Praying at Christmas with USPG,
(13): 6 January 2017

The Visit of the Magi and the Epiphany … an image in Saint Mary’s Church, Lichfield (Photograph: Patrick Comerford, 2016)

Patrick Comerford

Today is the Feast of the Epiphany [6 January 2017], the last of the Twelve Days of Christmas. On this feastday, we remember that at his Epiphany, Christ was made manifest to all nations and to the peoples of the earth

During this Christmas season, I have been using the prayer diary of the Anglican mission agency, USPG (United Society Partners in the Gospel), for my morning prayers and reflections each day.

This week, the prayers in the USPG Prayer Diary focus on the needs and work of the Anglican Church of Indonesia.

The USPG Prayer Diary:

Friday 6 January 2017, The Epiphany:

As we remember that strangers are recognised and honoured in Christ, pray that all people of faith would hold in common the pursuit of justice and peace.

Readings (Revised Common Lectionary, the Church of Ireland, Holy Communion):

Isaiah 60: 1-6; Psalm 72: 1-7, 10-15; Ephesians 3: 1-12; Matthew 2: 1-12.

The Collect of the Day:

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 our Lord.

Post Communion Prayer:

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 incarnate Son;
who suffered, died, and was buried,
and who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
now and for ever.

Series concluded

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