Living in the Two Hearts

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The Fullness of Epiphany…

Posted by Anne Elizabeth on January 8, 2017

"Behold, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, saying, 'Where is He who has been born King of the Jews?' " ~Mt 2:1b, 2

“Behold, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, saying, ‘Where is He who has been born King of the Jews?’ ” ~Mt 2:1b, 2

First Published: 1/8/2012
Republished: 1/8/2017

This is the final posting for the Liturgical Season of Advent and Christmas, 2016-17.  It concludes with the Epiphany of the Lord celebrated today (Sunday, Jan 8th), in the American churches.  Also this year we celebrate the Baptism of the Lord on the following day, Monday the 9th, and NOT as a Holy Day of Obligation… kinda weird, but there ya go. You’ll see a lot of “direct connects” to the previous two posts, though!

Are you set?  Let us pray!

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Blessed are the poor…the kingdom of God is theirs…

EPIPHANY  Solemnity

Evening Prayer 1

HYMN: 84

Songs of thankfulness and praise, Jesus, Lord, to Thee we raise.  Manifested by the star, to the wise men from a far.  Branch of royal David’s stem, in Thy birth at Bethlehem; Praises be to Thee addressed, God in man made manifest.

Manifest at Jordan’s stream, Prophet Priest and King supreme; And at Cana wedding guest, to Thy Godhead manifest.  Manifest in power divine, changing water into wine; Praises be to Thee addressed, God in man made manifest.

Grant us grace to see Thee, Lord, mirrored in Thy holy word; May we imitate Thee now, and be pure, as pure art Thou; That we like to Thee may be, at Thy great Epiphany; And may praise Thee, ever blessed, God in man made manifest.

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CATECHISM

The Epiphany is the manifestation of Jesus as Messiah of Israel, Son of God and Savior of the world. The great feast of Epiphany celebrates the adoration of Jesus by the wise men (magi)  from the East, together with His baptism in the Jordan and the wedding feast at Cana in Galilee (cf. Mt: 2-1).

In the magi, representatives of the neighboring pagan religions, the Gospel sees the first-fruits of the nations, who welcome the good news of salvation through the Incarnation. The magi’s coming to Jerusalem in order to pay homage to the King of the Jews shows that they seek in Israel, in the messianic light of the star of David, the One who will be King of the nations, (cf. Mt 2:2; Num 24: 17-19; Rev 22:16).

Their coming means that pagans can discover Jesus and worship Him as Son of God and Savior of the world only by turning towards the Jews and receiving from them the messianic promise as contained in the Old Testament, (cf. Jn 4:22; Mt 2:4-6). The Epiphany shows that “the full number of the nations” now takes its “place in the family of the patriarchs,” and acquires Israelitica dignitas  (is made “worthy of the heritage of Israel”). ~St. Leo the Great

~CCC§528

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Come all who are heavy laden, and I will give you rest... Mt 11:28

Come all who are heavy laden, and I will give you rest… Mt 11:28

Ant. 1    Begotten of the Father before the daystar shone or time began, the Lord our Savior has appeared on earth today.

Psalm 135

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Praise the name of the Lord, praise Him, servants of the Lord, who stand in the house of the Lord in the courts of the house of our God.

Praise the Lord for the Lord is good.  Sing a psalm to His name for He is loving.  For the Lord has chosen Jacob for Himself and Israel for His own possession.

For I know the Lord is great, that our Lord is high above all gods.  The Lord does whatever He wills, in heaven, on earth, in the seas.

He summons clouds from the ends of the earth; makes lightning produce the rain; from His treasuries He sends forth the wind.

The first-born of the Egyptians He smote, of man and beast alike. Signs and wonders He worked in the midst of your land, O Egypt, against Pharaoh and all his servants.

Nations in their greatness He struck and kings in their splendor He slew.  Sihon, king of the Amorites, Og, the king of Bashan, and all the kingdoms of Canaan.  He let Israel inherit their land; on His people their land He bestowed.

Glory be to the Father…

Ant. 1   Begotten of the Father before the daystar shone or time began, the Lord our Savior has appeared on earth today.

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CATECHISM

Jesus’ circumcision, on the eighth day after His birth (cf. Lk 2:21), is the sign of His incorporation into Abraham’s descendants, into the people of the covenant. It is the sign of His submission to the Law (cf. Gal 4:4), and His deputation to Israel’s worship, in which He will participate throughout His life. This sign prefigures that “circumcision of Christ” which is Baptism, (cf. Col 2: 11-13).

~CCC§527

And at the end of eight days, when He was circumcised, He was called Jesus, the name given by the angel before He was conceived in the womb. ~Lk 2:21

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Ant. 2    Great is the Lord, our God, transcending all other gods.

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Lord, Your name stands for ever, unforgotten from age to age; for the Lord does justice for His people; the Lord takes pity on His servants.

Pagan idols are silver and gold, the work of human hands. They have mouths but cannot speak; they have eyes but they cannot see.

They have ears but they cannot hear; there is never a breath on their lips.  Their makers will come to be like them and so will all who trust in them!

Sons of Israel, bless the Lord!  Sons of Aaron, bless the Lord!  Sons of Levi, bless the Lord!  You who fear Him, bless the Lord!

From Zion may the Lord be blessed, He who dwells in Jerusalem!

Glory be to the Father…

Ant. 2   Great is the Lord, our God, transcending all other gods.

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“We are seeking the King of the Jews…”

TRADITION

The three Kings, whose names (according to tradition) were Gaspar, Balthasar, and Melchior, ruled over now Iraq and Iran. Gaspar of Mesopotamia, the younger was light brown in appearance, Balthasar of Parthia was dark brown, while Melchior of Media, the oldest, was rather stout and had an olive-colored complexion. All three were unusually just and honorable men who were also great scholars and students of religion. Through their knowledge of the Old Testament prophecies and of certain traditions of their own peoples, they believed in the coming of the Savior of mankind.

The journey across the deserts, mountains, and rivers of Chaldea and Syria took nearly a month, despite the fact that the camels and horses were unusually fleet footed… At last, after crossing the river Jordan, they arrived before the walls of Jerusalem, which, because it was the capital of Israel, they thought [this would be] the logical birthplace of the new born King of the Jews.  [Yet] they…observed no signs of rejoicing among the people… as they approached the great city, the star faded from their sight.

At the city gate they questioned some of the guards, saying: “Where is the newly born King of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the East and have come to worship Him.”

Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, saying, “Where is He who has been born king of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the East, and have come to worship Him.” ~Mt. 2:1

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Ant. 3  The star burned like a flame, pointing the way to God, the King of kings;  the wise men saw the sign and brought their gifts in homage to their great King

Canticle (See 1Tim 3:16)

The Mystery and Glory of Christ

R: Praise the Lord, all you nations

Christ manifest in the flesh, Christ justified in the Spirit.

R: Praise the Lord, all you nations

Christ contemplated by the angels, Christ proclaimed by the pagans.

R: Praise the Lord, all you nations

Christ believed in throughout the world, Christ exalted in Glory.

R. Praise the Lord, all you nations

Glory be to the Father…

Ant. 3   The star burned like a flame, pointed the way to God, the King of kings; the wise men saw the sign and brought their gifts in homage to their great King.

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CATECHISM

The unique and altogether singular event of the Incarnation of the Son of God does not mean that Jesus Christ is part God and part man, nor does it imply that He is the result of a confused mixture of the divine and the human. He became truly man while remaining truly God. Jesus Christ is true God and true man. During the first centuries, the Church had to defend and clarify this truth of faith against the heresies that falsified it.

~CCC§464

Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, saying, “Where is He who has been born king of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the East, and have come to worship Him.” ~Mt. 2:1

When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him; and assembling all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Christ was to be born. They told him, “In Bethlehem of Judea; for so it is written by the prophet: ‘And you, O Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for from you shall come a ruler who will govern My people Israel.’” ~Mt 2:3-6

When they had heard the king they went their way; and lo, the star which they had seen in the East went before them till it came to rest over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy; ~Mt 2: 9-10

…and going into the house they saw the Child with Mary His mother, and they fell down and worshiped Him. Then, opening their treasures, they offered Him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh. ~Mt 2:11

He came that we might have life. (cf John 10:10b)

He came that we might have life. (cf John 10:10b)

READING                                                                                                                                                          2 Timothy 1: 9-13

God has saved us and called us to a holy life, not because of any merit of ours but according to His own design – the grace held out to us in Christ Jesus before the world began but now made manifest through the appearance of our Savior.

He has robbed death of its power and has brought life and immortality into clear light through the gospel.

In the service of this gospel I have been appointed preacher and apostle and teacher, and for its sake I undergo present hardships.  But I am not ashamed for I know Him in whom I have believed, and I am confident that He is able to guard what has been entrusted to me until that Day.

Take as a model of sound teaching what you have heard me say, in faith and love in Christ Jesus.

The Word of the Lord… Thanks be to God!

INTERCESSIONS

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

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 all ages,

– show the wonders of Your saving power to our deceased brothers and sisters.

Gathering our prayers and praises into one, let us offer the prayer Christ Himself taught us:

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy Will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.  Give us this day, our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.  Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil, AMEN!

“Come all who are weary, and I will give you rest.”

Prayer

Father of light, unchanging God, today You reveal to men of faith the resplendent fact of the Word made flesh.  Your light is strong, Your love is near; draw us beyond the limits which this world imposes to the life where Your Spirit makes all life complete.

Father, You revealed Your Son to the nations by the guidance of a star.  Lead us to Your glory in heaven by the light of faith.  We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, on God, forever and ever.  AMEN!

May the light of this Epiphany shine brightly in your heart this day! ~Anne Elizabeth =-)

Recommended Reading:

The Approaching Magi Part I
Approaching Part II

More From Sacred Tradition:

Preparation for the Circumcision of Jesus
Circumcision of Jesus
Adoration of the Magi Part I
Adoration of the Magi Part II

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