The Epiphany of the Lord: 07 Jan – Matthew 2:1-12 ~ they bowed down and worshiped him

The Epiphany of the Lord

+ In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen!

Opening Prayer

God of mystery, on this day You revealed Your only Son to the nations by the guidance of a star. We know You now by faith; lead us into that presence where we shall behold Your glory face to face. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with You in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God for ever and ever. Amen.

“Beautiful Star of Bethlehem” – Men’s Voice & Choral Society – Kuwait


Gospel Reading: Matthew 2:1-12 (NLT)

Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the reign of King Herod. About that time some wise men from eastern lands arrived in Jerusalem, asking, “Where is the newborn king of the Jews? We saw his star as it rose, and we have come to worship him.”

King Herod was deeply disturbed when he heard this, as was everyone in Jerusalem. He called a meeting of the leading priests and teachers of religious law and asked, “Where is the Messiah supposed to be born?”

“In Bethlehem in Judea,” they said, “for this is what the prophet wrote:

‘And you, O Bethlehem in the land of Judah, are not least among the ruling cities of Judah, for a ruler will come from you who will be the shepherd for my people Israel.’”

Then Herod called for a private meeting with the wise men, and he learned from them the time when the star first appeared. Then he told them, “Go to Bethlehem and search carefully for the child. And when you find him, come back and tell me so that I can go and worship him, too!”

After this interview the wise men went their way. And the star they had seen in the east guided them to Bethlehem. It went ahead of them and stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they were filled with joy! They entered the house and saw the child with his mother, Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasure chests and gave him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.

When it was time to leave, they returned to their own country by another route, for God had warned them in a dream not to return to Herod.

Prayers of Intercession:

God of Grace and Glory: Receive the worship of Your people from every tribe and nation. Attend to the needs of Your people who cry out for help in this evil and wicked age. We pray today –

+ For people of every tribe and nation, that they may believe the Good News of salvation through Jesus Christ…. Lord, hear us.
+ For believers in the Middle East who are suffering persecution, that the light of Christ will lead them to safety…. Lord, hear us.
+ For Orthodox believers celebrating Christmas tomorrow, that they may rejoice in Emmanuel, God with us….. Lord, hear us.
+ For the Jewish people, that they may receive their promised salvation through the Messiah, Jesus Christ…. Lord, hear us.
+ For people of all faiths and of none, that in this New Year they may grow in kindness, mercy, and peace…. Lord, hear us.
+ For people among us who are sick or in sorrow, that our support may remind them of God’s care…. Lord, hear us.
+ For people among us who are cold and hungry, that we may provide warmth and sustenance…. Lord, hear us.
+ For our friends and relatives who have died in Christ, that eternal salvation may be theirs…. Lord, hear us.

Sovereign God, You rule the earth with justice: help us according to our needs, we pray, through Christ our Lord. Amen.

“An Arabic Christmas Carol” – Byzantine Hymn of the Nativity

A voice from the unheard voices of the Christians of the Middle East who have been witnessing to faith in the Savior since His incarnation in their midst.


May God who called you from darkness into His marvelous light shower you with His blessings and strengthen you in faith, hope, and love.

+ In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen!

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