The Epiphany of Our Lord

Publicado: enero 2, 2013 en Teología

By Rev. Paul T. McCain

A blessed and happy Epiphany to you all. The Epiphany of our Lord was, in the ancient church, a day that was set aside to commemorate not only the visitation of the Magi, but the Lord’s Baptism, and his first miracle. The season of Epiphany was developed to offer separate meditation and reflection on each of these events in our Lord’s ministry, so on this day, the focus is on the visit of the Magi. Many churches observed Epiphany last Sunday, using the custom of observing a major feast falling on a week day, on the Sunday immediately preceding it.

The historic readings for this day are:
Introit: Ps. 72:1–210–11; antiphon: Liturgical text
Old Testament: Is. 60:1–6
The Psalm: Psalm 24 (antiphon: v. 7)
The Epistle: Eph. 3:1–12
The Gospel: Matt. 2:1–12
The Gradual: Is. 60:6b1
The Verse: Matt. 2:2b

The Lord God Is Manifested in the Incarnate Son

The Feast of the Epiphany centers in the visit of the Magi from the East. In that respect, it is a “Thirteenth Day” of Christmas; and yet, it also marks the beginning of a new liturgical season. While Christmas has focused on the Incarnation of our Lord–that is, on God becoming flesh–the season of Epiphany emphasizes the manifestation or self-revelation of God in that same flesh of Christ. For the Lord Himself has entered our darkness and rises upon us with the brightness of His true light (Is. 60:1–2). He does so chiefly by His Word of the Gospel, which He causes to be preached within His Church on earth–not only to the Jews but also to Gentiles (Eph. 3:8–10). As the Magi were guided by the promises of Holy Scripture to find and worship the Christ Child with His mother in the house (Matt. 2:5–11), so does He call disciples from all nations by the preaching of His Word, to find and worship Him within His Church (Is. 60:3–6). With gold they confess His royalty; with incense, His deity; and with myrrh, His priestly sacrifice (Matt. 2:11).

Thus, we pray today:

O God, by the leading of a star You made known Your only-begotten Son to the Gentiles. Lead us, who know You by faith, to enjoy in heaven the fullnesof Your divine persence; through the same Jesus Christ, or Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

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