ADORATION FOR THE FEAST OF THE EPIPHANY OF THE LORD Hymn: N. 377 verses 2,3,4,5 (The First Nowell) G. The Epiphany is the day when we celebrate the manifestation of Christ, light of humanity! This manifestation, this showing forth of the glory of God, is both a personal reality and an object of hope. The Magi were able to briefly contemplate the splendor of the Messiah, the Savior who was to come. To them, the star, which led them to Bethlehem, was but a small reflection of the fullness of the Light of the world that awaited them at the end of their journey. We too, with the eyes of faith, join the multitude of nations marching toward the full epiphany of the Lord so as to witness the fullness of God’s presence, Emmanuel, God with us! Let us take a few moments in silent adoration, to place ourselves, like the Magi, at the feet of our Lord and Master and present our personal gifts: the offering of our life as the incense of our adoration. our hopes and dreams, the fatigue and challenges which we carry, as gold purified and made perfect so as to manifest the praises of God. our apostolic service with its joys and sufferings which is the myrrh that blesses and anoints our every action so as to become manifestations of Christ’s Word. Silent Adoration G. Let us invoke the Holy Spirit, so that we might be open to God’s work within us, and become communications of Christ’s Light and Love to the people whom we are called to serve. Hymn to the Holy Spirit: N. 462 in Gather (Spirit Blowing through Creation) 1st Reading: Isaiah 52:7-10 How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation, who say to Zion, “Your God reigns!” Listen! Your watchmen lift up their voices; together they shout for joy. When the LORD returns to Zion, they will see it with their own eyes. Burst into songs of joy together, you ruins of Jerusalem, for the LORD has comforted his people, he has redeemed Jerusalem. The LORD will lay bare his holy arm in the sight of all the nations, and all the ends of the earth will see the salvation of our God.
2nd Reading: Eph. 3:2-12 Surely you have heard about the administration of God’s grace that was given to me for you, that is, the mystery made known to me by revelation, as I have already written briefly. In reading this, then, you will be able to understand my insight into the mystery of Christ, which was not made known to people in other generations as it has now been revealed by the Spirit to God’s holy apostles and prophets. This mystery is that through the gospel the Gentiles are heirs together with Israel, members together of one body, and sharers together in the promise in Christ Jesus. I became a servant of this gospel by the gift of God’s grace given me through the working of his power. Although I am less than the least of all the Lord’s people, this grace was given me: to preach to the Gentiles the boundless riches of Christ, and to make plain to everyone the administration of this mystery, which for ages past was kept hidden in God, who created all things. His intent was that now, through the church, the manifold wisdom of God should be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms, according to his eternal purpose that he accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord. In him and through faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence. Personal Reflection Let us express our faith by singing after each verse: R. I will praise your name, my King and my God. I will praise your name my King and my God. (from Gather: N. 137) G. Rise up in splendor! Your light has come, the glory of the Lord shines upon you. See, darkness covers the earth, and thick clouds cover the peoples; But upon you the Lord shines, and over you appears his glory. Nations shall walk by your light, and kings by your shining radiance. (Is 60: 1-3) R. G. A bright light will shine over all the regions of the earth; many nations will come from far away, from all the ends of the earth, to dwell close to the holy name of the Lord God, with gifts in their hands for the King of heaven. Within you, generation after generation will proclaim their joy, and the name of her who is Elect will endure through the generations to come. (Tob. 13:11) R. G. I have made you the light of the nations so that my salvation may reach to the ends of the earth. (Is 49:6) R. G. The spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me; He has sent me to bring glad tidings to the lowly, to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and release to the prisoners, To announce a year of favor from the Lord. (Is. 61:1-2) R. G. The Word was the real light that gives light to everyone; he was coming into the world. He was in the world that had come into being through him, and the world did not recognize him. He came to his own and his own people did not accept him. But to those who did accept him he gave power to become children of God… The Word became flesh, he lived among us. (Jn. 1:9-14) R. 2
G. Into the Nativity scene of obscure poverty suddenly bursts an exotic entourage from a far off land. Dignitaries in dress uniform lavish the newborn with expensive gifts that seem out of place in the humble surroundings. “Today the Magi gaze in deep wonder at what they see: heaven on earth, earth in heaven, man in God, God in man, one whom the whole universe cannot contain now enclosed in a tiny body” (St. Peter Chrysologus). In some moments of adoration, let us let the Light of Christ invade our very person so that we can see within our lives what might hinder or block his light from shining in us and through us. Examination of Conscience G. The light of Christ cannot be withheld or hoarded for ourselves. This Light is a gift to be given. Let us thank the Lord for having considered us worthy of his confidence and for having called us to this apostolate, entrusting us with the light of his Gospel. Let us thank Him using the words of the Beatitudes of the Daughters of St. Paul. Pauline Prayerbook: page 252. G. Primo Maestro wrote: “Let everyone consider herself to be a beacon of light” (AD 157). “How beautiful are the words: “do not be afraid I am with you: from her I will enlighten”. You are the rays of this Light, which is Jesus. “You are the light of the world” because you take from him and give to the others. You have holy materials in hand, when doing your apostolate. It is as if you are carrying a chalice, as if you are exposing the Blessed Sacrament”. (Alberione) Let us ask the Lord to purify our life so that we can announce always better the eternal Word, the Word of salvation. Hymn: N. 31 in Gather (Shepherd Me, O God: Psalm 23) G. We are before our Eucharistic Master so as to intercede for all our brothers and sisters. This chapel open us up to the needs of the whole world, and our mission offers us the means to irradiate Christ to humanity, through the means of social communication. Let us take some time to spontaneously present to the Lord our intentions remembering in a particular way the various expressions of the apostolate that we are carrying forward throughout the province and the Congregation as a whole. Spontaneous intercessions G. With the prayer “Receive me Mary” let us entrust to our Mother, Teacher and Queen all our intentions and ask her to render us docile instruments in the hands of God; to guide us into the school of the Master and to form our hearts so that we can irradiate Christ through our life and mission. All: Page 222 in the Pauline Prayerbook Final Hymn: N. 373 in Gather (We Three Kings of Orient Are)