Novena for Epiphany

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Novena for Epiphany

Time: December 28, 2013 to January 5, 2014
Location: worldwide
Event Type: for all members' intentions
Organized By: Cathleen
Latest Activity: Jul 10, 2014

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At Thy birth, O Jesus, a star of wondrous splendor shone forth in the Eastern skies and led to Bethlehem the Magi, those envoys of far-distant, pagan peoples, even as the Angel, bathed in heavenly light, was summoning to Thy manger the shepherds, as representatives of the chosen people.  For the Gentiles as well as the Jews, must needs recognize in Thee, a poor and helpless Infant, the Almighty King of Ages, the Savior of mankind.  Neither scepter nor diadem disclosed Thy kingly state; no sweet harmonies, no hosts of angels mustering around Thy crib revealed Thy divine nature; but the star shining above Thy wretched stable pointed to the Heavens, the earth, and the entire universe as Thine absolute possessions; even as the Magi, who at the inspiration of Thy grace, coming promptly from afar, caring naught for dangers, overcoming every difficulty, and embracing every sacrifice, reached Thy feet and kneeling in reverence offered Thee gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.  Thirsting for God, they had gone eagerly in search of Thee, and Thou did reveal Thyself to them in a wonderful manner, while still in Thy crib, filling them with joy and transforming them into the first messengers of Thy glories to the peoples of the East.

After the appearance of the star, which sufficed to render  the Magi Thy ardent followers, O Jesus, did Thou demonstrate Thy divinity!  Yet what darkness still overshadows our poor minds!  How reluctantly our wills give way to the loving impulses of Thy grace, even when they do not openly resist Thee!  Give us, therefore, O Jesus, the strength to reply ever promptly and generously to Thy call, and grant that the divine light of faith, which was enkindled by Thee within us while still in our cradles, may ever accompany us on the road of life, until, blessed at last in Heaven, we shall be able to fix our eyes upon Thee in the light of glory.    +Amen

 

For the intention of the end of abortion and for the intentions of the following Crusaders and priest:

Anne De Valle, Mary Shaw, Jarlen Philomen, David Kaftal

Fr. Leo Boyle

 

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Comment by Dawn Marie on January 6, 2014 at 9:07am
The Epiphany of Our Lord  -  January 6

Behold the Lord the Ruler is come: and the Kingdom is in His Hand, and power, and dominion.

(From the introit of the day’s Mass, Malach. 3. 1; 1 Par. 29. 12)

Lesson – Isaias, 60. 1-6

From
The Liturgical Year
by Dom Guéranger, O.S.B.

Oh! the greatness of this glorious Day, on which begins the movement of all nations towards the Church, the true Jerusalem! Oh! the mercy of our heavenly Father, who has been mindful of all these people that were buried in the shades of death and sin! Behold! the glory of the Lord has risen upon the Holy City; and Kings set out to find and see the Light. Jerusalem is not large enough to hold all this sea of nations; another city must be founded, and towards her shall be turned the countless Gentiles of Madian and Epha. Thou, O Rome! art this Holy City, and thy heart shall wonder and be enlarged. Heretofore thy victories have won thee slaves; but from this day forward, thou shalt draw within thy walls countless children. Lift up thine eyes, and see–all these, that is the whole human race, give themselves to thee as thy sons and daughters; they com to receive from thee a new birth. Open wide thine arms, and embrace them that come from North and South, bringing gold and frankincense to him who is thy King and ours.
 
The Epiphany from the Darmstadt Altarpiece by an unknown German master, circa 1440

January 6.—THE EPIPHANY OF OUR LORD.

THE word Epiphany means “manifestation,” and it has passed into general acceptance throughout the universal Church, from the fact that Jesus Christ manifested to the eyes of men His divine mission on this day first of all, when a miraculous star revealed His birth to the kings of the East, who, in spite of the difficulties and dangers of a long and tedious journey through deserts and mountains almost impassable, hastened at once to Bethlehem to adore Him and to offer Him mystical presents, as to the King of kings, to the God of heaven and earth, and to a Man withal feeble and mortal. The second manifestation was when, going out from the waters of the Jordan after having received Baptism from the hands of St. John, the Holy Ghost descended on Him in the visible form of a dove, and a voice from heaven was heard, saying, “This is My beloved Son, in Whom I am well pleased.” The third manifestation was that of His divine power, when at the marriage-feast of Cana He changed the water into wine, at the sight whereof His disciples believed in Him. The remembrance of these three great events, concurring to the same end, the Church has wished to celebrate in one and the same festival.

Reflection.—Admire the almighty power of this little Child, Who from His cradle makes known His coming to the shepherds and magi—to the shepherds by means of His angel, to the magi by a star in the East. Admire the docility of these kings. Jesus is born; behold them at His feet? Let us be little, let us hide ourselves, and the divine strength will be granted to us. Let us be docile and quick in following divine inspirations, and we shall then become wise of the wisdom of God, powerful in His almighty power.

Comment by Mary Shaw on January 5, 2014 at 7:51pm

Said daily, and with sincere thanks for including me in your

prayers. May God bless you one and all.

Comment by AnnaMaria on January 5, 2014 at 4:43pm

Amen

Comment by Cathleen on January 5, 2014 at 2:41pm

+Amen+

Comment by bernadette szczepkowski on January 5, 2014 at 2:07pm

Amen x2

0dxenox7wqztx Comment by 0dxenox7wqztx on January 5, 2014 at 12:48pm

For the intention of the end of abortion and for the intentions of the following Crusaders and priest:

Anne De Valle, Mary Shaw, Jarlen Philomen, David Kaftal

Fr. Leo Boyle

Comment by Gloria on January 5, 2014 at 12:11pm

Give us, O Jesus,the strength to reply promptly to Thy call & grant us divine light of faith  to fix our eyes on Thee always.  Intention to end abortion  & intentions for Anne De VAlle, Mary Shaw, Jarlen Philomen, David Kaftal & Fr. Leo
Boyle

Comment by Dawn Marie on January 5, 2014 at 12:00pm

For the intention to end abortion  and for Anne De VAlle, Mary Shaw, Jarlen Philomen, David Kaftal & Fr. Leo Boyle

Comment by Alan on January 5, 2014 at 10:55am

day 9 Amen

Comment by Michael on January 5, 2014 at 9:15am

Amen.

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