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The Epiphany

6th January 2018

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The Epiphany

Collect One

Almighty God,
who hast given us thy only-begotten Son
to take our nature upon him,
and as at this time to be born of a pure virgin;
Grant that we being regenerate,
and made thy children by adoption and grace,
may daily be renewed by thy Holy Spirit;
through the same our Lord Jesus Christ,
who liveth and reigneth with thee and the same Spirit,
ever one God, world without end.

O God,
who by the leading of a star
didst manifest thy only-begotten Son to the Gentiles;
Mercifully grant, that we, which know thee now by faith,
may after this life have the fruition of thy glorious Godhead;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

O Lord,
we beseech thee mercifully to receive
the prayers of thy people which call upon thee;
and grant that they may both perceive and know
what things they ought to do,
and also may have grace and power
faithfully to fulfil the same;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Almighty and everlasting God,
who dost govern all things in heaven and earth;
Mercifully hear the supplications of thy people,
and grant us thy peace all the days of our life;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Almighty and everlasting God,
Mercifully look upon our infirmities,
and in all our dangers and necessities
stretch forth thy right hand to help and defend us;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

O God,
who knowest us to be set
in the midst of so many and great dangers,
that by reason of the frailty of our nature
we cannot always stand upright;
Grant to us such strength and protection,
as may support us in all dangers,
and carry us through all temptations;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.


Collect Two

Almighty God,
who wonderfully created us in your own image
and yet more wonderfully restored us
through your Son Jesus Christ:
Grant that, as he came to share in our humanity,
so we may share the life of his divinity;
who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

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.

Eternal Father,
who at the baptism of Jesus
revealed him to be your Son,
anointing him with the Holy Spirit:
Grant to us, who are born of water and the Spirit,
that we may be faithful to our calling as your adopted children;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Almighty God,
in Christ you make all things new:
Transform the poverty of our nature
by the riches of your grace,
and in the renewal of our lives
make known your heavenly glory;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Almighty God,
whose Son revealed in signs and miracles
the wonder of your saving presence:
Renew your people with your heavenly grace,
and in all our weakness
sustain us by your mighty power;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Creator God,
who in the beginning
commanded the light to shine out of darkness:
We pray that the light of the glorious gospel of Christ
may dispel the darkness of ignorance and unbelief,
shine into the hearts of all your people,
and reveal the knowledge of your glory
in the face of Jesus Christ our Lord.

The First Reading

Isaiah 60: 1–6

The Psalm

Psalm 72: 1–7, 10–14

The Second Reading

Ephesians 3: 1–12

The Gospel Reading

Matthew 2: 1–12

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Post Communion Prayer

Heavenly Father,
you have refreshed us with this heavenly sacrament.
As your Son came to live among us,
grant us grace to live our lives,
united in love and obedience,
as those who long to live with him in heaven;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

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.

Refreshed by these holy gifts,Lord God,
we seek your mercy:
that by listening faithfully to your only Son,
and being obedient to the prompting of the Spirit,
we may be your children in name and in truth;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

God of glory,
you nourish us with bread from heaven.
Fill us with your Holy Spirit
that through us the light of your glory
may shine in all the world.
We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.

Almighty Father,
your Son our Saviour Jesus Christ is the light of the world.
May your people,
illumined by your word and sacraments,
shine with the radiance of his glory,
that he may be known, worshipped,
and obeyed to the ends of the earth;
for he is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

Generous Lord,
in word and eucharist we have proclaimed
the mystery of your love.
Help us so to live out our days
that we may be signs of your wonders in the world;
through Jesus Christ our Saviour.

Suggested Hymns

1st Reading Isaiah 60: 1–6
190* Brightest and best of the suns of the morning
125* Hail to the Lord’s anointed
192 How brightly beams the morning star
195* Lord, the light of your love is shining
196* O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness
199* The people that in darkness walked

Psalm Psalm 72: 1–7, 10–15
250* All hail the power of Jesu’s name
688* Come, bless the Lord, God of our forebears
353* Give to our God immortal praise
125* Hail to the Lord’s anointed
97* Jesus shall reign where’er the sun
166* Joy to the world, the Lord is come!
140 The Lord will come and not be slow

2nd Reading Ephesians 3: 1–12
642* Amazing grace (how sweet the sound!)
562* Blessèd assurance, Jesus is mine
11* Can we by searching find out God
352* Give thanks with a grateful heart
481* God is working his purpose out as year succeeds to year
522* In Christ there is no east or west
103* O Christ the same, through all our story’s pages
73* The day thou gavest, Lord, is ended
112* There is a Redeemer

The Gospel Matthew 2: 1–12
147 Angels from the realms of glory
189* As with gladness men of old
190* Brightest and best of the suns of the morning
152* Come and join the celebration
194* Earth has many a noble city
162* In the bleak mid–winter
170* Love came down at Christmas
196* O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness
198* The first Nowell the angel did say
600 The wise may bring their learning
201* We three kings of Orient are
202* What child is this, who, laid to rest

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