EPIPHANY

Evening Prayer II




God, come to my assistance.
- Lord, make haste to help me.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit,
as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be,
world without end. Amen. Alleluia.


HYMN

As with gladness, men of old
Did the guiding star behold
As with joy they hailed its light
Leading onward, beaming bright
So, most glorious Lord, may we
Evermore be led to Thee.

As with joyful steps they sped
To that lowly manger bed
There to bend the knee before
Him Whom Heaven and earth adore;
So may we with willing feet
Ever seek Thy mercy seat.

As they offered gifts most rare
At that manger rude and bare;
So may we with holy joy,
Pure and free from sin’s alloy,
All our costliest treasures bring,
Christ, to Thee, our heavenly King.

Holy Jesus, every day
Keep us in the narrow way;
And, when earthly things are past,
Bring our ransomed souls at last
Where they need no star to guide,
Where no clouds Thy glory hide.

In the heavenly country bright,
Need they no created light;
Thou its Light, its Joy, its Crown,
Thou its Sun which goes not down;
There forever may we sing
Alleluias to our King!
Melody: Dix 77.77.77; Music: Konrad Kocher; Text: William C. Dix, 1860; Midi: Cyberhymnal


PSALMODY

Antiphon: He comes in splendor, the King who is our peace; he is supreme over all the kings of the earth.

Psalm 110:1-5,7    

The Lord's revelation to my Master:
"Sit on my right:
your foes I will put beneath your feet."
The Lord will wield from Zion
your scepter of power:
rule in the midst of all your foes.

A prince from the day of your birth
on the holy mountains;
from the womb before the dawn I begot you.

The Lord has sworn an oath he will not change.
"You are a priest for ever,
a priest like Melchizedeck of old."

The Master standing at your right hand
will shatter kings in the day of his wrath.

He shall drink from the stream by the wayside
and therefore he shall lift up his head. Glory...

Antiphon: He comes in splendor, the King who is our peace; he is supreme over all the kings of the earth.


Antiphon: A light had shone through the darkness for the upright of heart; the Lord is gracious, merciful and just.

Psalm 112    

Happy the man who fears the Lord,
who take delight in all his commands.
His sons shall be powerful on earth;
the children of the upright are blessed.

Riches and wealth are in his house;
his justice stands firm for ever.
He is a light in the darkness for the upright:
he is generous, merciful and just.

The good man takes pity and lends,
he conducts his affairs with honor.
The just man will never waver:
he will be remembered for ever.

He has no fear of evil news;
with a firm heart he trusts in the Lord.
With a steadfast heart he will not fear;
he will see the downfall of his foes.

Open-handed, he gives to the poor;
his justice stands firm for ever.
His head will be raised in glory.

The wicked man sees and is angry,
grinds his teeth and fades away;
the desire of the wicked leads to doom.  Glory...


Antiphon: A light had shone through the darkness for the upright of heart; the Lord is gracious, merciful and just.


Antiphon: All the people, whom you have made, will come and worship before you, O Lord.


Canticle                                                      Revelation 15:3-4

Mighty and wonderful are your works,
Lord God Almighty!

Righteous and true are your ways,
O King of the nations!

Who would dare refuse you honor,
Or the glory due your name, O Lord!

Since you alone are holy,
All nations shall come and worship in your presence,
Your mighty deeds are clearly seen. Glory...

Antiphon: All the people, whom you have made, will come and worship before you, O Lord.


READING                                                      Titus 3:4-5
But when the kindness and generous love of God our savior appeared, not because of any righteous deeds we had done but because of his mercy, he saved us through the bath of rebirth and renewal by the holy Spirit.


RESPONSORY          
All people will be blessed in him, men and women of every race.
 - All people will be blessed in him, men and women of every race.
All nations will acclaim his glory,
 - men and women of every race
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.
 - All people will be blessed in him, men and women of every race.


MAGNIFICAT
(Canticle of Mary)
Antiphon: Three mysteries mark this holy day: today the star leads the Magi to the infant Christ; today water is changed into wine for the wedding feast; today Christ wills to be baptized by John in the river Jordan to bring us salvation.


INTERCESSIONS
Today, our Savior was adored by the Magi.  Let us also worship him with joy as we pray:

                      Save the poor, O Lord.

King of the nations, you called the Magi to adore you as the first representatives of the nations.
 - give us a willing spirit of adoration and service.

King of glory, you judge your people with justice,
 - grant mankind an abundant measure of peace.

King of ages, you endure from age to age,
 - send your word as fresh spring rain falling on our hearts.

King of justice, you desire to free the poor who have no advocate,
 - be compassionate to the suffering and the afflicted.

Lord, your name is blessed for ages,
 - show the wonders of your saving power to our deceased brothers and sisters.


Our Father...


COLLECT
O God, who on this day
revealed your Only Begotten Son to the nations
by the guidance of a star,
grant in your mercy, that we, who know you already by faith,
may be brought to behold the beauty of your sublime glory.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.

May the Lord bless us, protect us from all evil and bring us to everlasting life. Amen.




The English translation of Psalm Responses, Alleluia Verses, Gospel Verses from Lectionary for Mass 1969, 1981, 1997, International Commission on English in the Liturgy Corporation (ICEL); the English translation of Antiphons, Invitatories, Responsories, Intercessions, Psalm 95, the Canticle of the Lamb, Psalm Prayers, Non-Biblical Readings from The Liturgy of the Hours 1973, 1974, 1975, ICEL; excerpts from the English translation of The Roman Missal 2010, ICEL. All rights reserved. Used with permission.

 
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