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Epiphany MMXII Collect Study

The Epiphany

The Lord hath manifested forth his glory: O come let us adore him

The Collect

O God, who by the leading of a star didst manifest thy only-begotten Son to the Gentiles: Mercifully grant, the we, who know thee now by faith, may after this life have the fruition of thy glorious God-head; through the same..…

Latin original Collect:

Dues qui hodierna die unigenitum tuum gentibus stella duce revelasti, concede propitius, ut qui jam te ex fide congnovimus, usque ad contemplandam speciem tuae celsitudinis perducamur, pre eundem
--Gelasian Sacramentary

Introit:  Behold the Lord, the ruler, hath come: and the kingdom, and the power, and the glory are in his hand..
Epistle:  Isaiah 60:1-6   Arise, shine, for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord…
Gradual:  All they from Sheba shall come; and they shall bring gold and incense…
Gospel:  Matthew 2: 1-12  Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea  …

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We enter a new season on this day.  This is likely the second oldest holy day of the church, Easter being the first.  The day remembers the showing forth of Christ to the world.  The Gentile wise-men came following the star guided by an angel.

The collect reminds us that we too shall have an Epiphany of our Lord on the Last Great Day, "Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him."

From the rising of the sun event to the going down of the same my name shall be great  among the Gentiles; and in every place incense shall be offered unto my name, and a pure offering, for my name shall be great among the heathen, saith the Lord of hosts.

(Portions were paraphrased and passages cited from The Collect of the Day, by Paul Zeller Strodach, 1939, The United Lutheran Press, Philadelphia)
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"Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another" [St. Paul's Epistle to the Romans 14:19]


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