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January 8, 2006 Epiphany
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FIRST READING:
Is. 60: 1-6 "The glory of the Lord shines upon you."

RESPONSORIAL PSALM:
Ps. 72 "All nations shall prostrate before you, O Lord."

SECOND READING:
Eph. 3: 2-3, 5-6 "The revelation means that pagans now share the same inheritance, that they are parts of the same body."

GOSPEL ACCLAMATION:
Mt. 2: 2 "We have seen his star in the east; and have come to adore the Lord."

GOSPEL:
Mt. 2: 1-12 "We have come from the East to worship the king."

FOCUS: "We have seen his star and have come to do him homage." Filled with awe and wonder, we come to the one who is God's manifestation of love.

REFLECTION: "You seek the Lord? Seek, but only within yourself. He is not far from anyone. The Lord is near all those who truly call on Him. Find a place in your heart, and speak there with the Lord. It is the Lord's reception room. Everyone who meets the Lord, meets Him there; He has fixed no other place for meeting souls." Theophane the Recluse

"Born of a virgin, he came forth from the womb as the light of the whole world in order to shine on all people. His light is received by those who long for the splendor of perpetual light that night can never destroy. The sun of our daily experience is succeeded by darkness of night, but the sun of holiness never sets, because wisdom cannot give place to evil."
St. Ambrose

"We have seen his star in the east; and have come to adore the Lord."

Let us adore Jesus in our hearts, who spent thirty years of thirty-three in silence; who began his public life by spending forty days in silence; who often retired alone to spend the night on a mountain in silence. He who spoke with authority, now spends his earthly life in silence. Let us adore Jesus in the eucharistic silence.
Mother Teresa of Calcutta

You are love,
You are wisdom,
You are humility,
You are endurance,
You are rest,
You are peace.
You are joy and gladness,
You are justice and mod - eration
You are all our riches,
And you suffice for us.
You are beauty,
You are gentleness.
You are our protector,
You are our guardian and defender.
You are our courage.
You are our haven and our hope.
You are our faith,
Our great consolation,
You are our eternal life,
Great and wonderful Lord,
God almighty,
Merciful Saviour
St. Francis of Assisi

APPLYING THE READINGS TO THE LITURGY: Today we celebrate the revelation of Jesus to the world beyond his family. In Jesus we are one body, called from all peoples to be united with him. Gestures and prayer invitations that break down the walls between us are appropriate, for today we celebrate mighty kings together with lowly shepherds, gentile together with Jew. We come to unite in one Lord.

SUGGESTED PREFACE/PRAYER SELECTIONS:
Sprinkling rite
or
Penitential rite: Third form with third set of sample invocations.
Eucharistic Prayer: Roman Canon with the proper commemorations for Christmas
Prayers over the people: Seventh
Solemn Blessing for Christmas

Faith Formation
The Epiphany is the feast of Christ revealed. Holy men in distant lands had heard of the Divine Birth and came to worship him. They recognized what they saw and prostrated themselves to him, the Son of God.

Song suggestions
By Name I Have Called You (Landry)
GPCOMP
O Poverty (Berthier) TAIZE II

Children's Liturgy of the Word
The Holy men from the east were led to Jesus, the Son of God, by a star, and by their faith. If we try to live a good life we will be guided towards God.

Song suggestions
The Birds Praise the Advent of the
Saviour 332-40113
What Child Is This BB, CBW II, CVH
GC, GPCOMP, PMB, WP

January
9 Baptism of Our Lord
21 St. Agnes

GATHERING SONG:
A Child Is Born (Norbet) BB, GP,
CBW III, CVH, PMB, S&S, WCH
Angels from the Realm of Glory BB,
CVH, GC, WP
Christ, Whose Glory Fills the Sky CVH,
11-1818
Christmastime Alleluia (Chepponis) G-
4453, S&S
Earth Has Many a Noble City BB, CVH
Gathering Rite: O Come All Ye Faithful
(Haugen) CCH, G-4555
Gloria in excelsis Deo (Dewey) G-3895
Go, Tell It on the Mountain BB, CBW III,
CVH, GC, PMB, SM, WP
How Bright Appears the Morning Star
CVH, HM
How Brightly Beams the Morning Star
WP
Joyful is the Dark (Moore) G-3845, RS
Justice Will Floursh in His Time PMB,
SM, WCH
Lord, Today (Dameans) BB, GC, GP,
GPCOMP, GTR, GC, S&S
Lord, Your Almighty Word CVH, PMB2,
SS, W&S
O Come, All Ye Faithful BB, CBW III,
CVH, GC, GPCOMP, HM, PMB, SM,
WCH, WS, WP
Sing a New Song to the Lord (Bell) CCH,
G-4380
Sing to the Mountains (Dufford) ACH,
BB/MI, CBW III, GC, GP, GPCOMP,
GTR, JS, S&S, RS
Song of God among Us (Huijbers) GTR,
GC
The First Noel BB, CBW III, CCH, CVH,
GC, GPCOMP, PMB2, SM, SS, S&S, W&S,
WCH, WP
The Word of Life (Bell) G2, GC
We Three Kings BB, CVH, GC, HM
GPCOMP, PMB, SM, WCH, WP, WS

RESPONSORIAL PSALM:
Psalm 72: C14 PARM (Kasbohm)
Psalm 72: 312-40958 (Weisgall)
Psalm 72: Justice Shall Flourish (Cooney)
BB, GC
Psalm 72: Justice shall flourish (Guimont)
CCH, RS
Psalm 72: Ev'ry nation on earth (Joncas)
GTR, RS

PREPARATION OF THE GIFTS:
A Carol for Epiphany (Pfautsch) 11-10014
A Dulcimer Carol (Willett) CCH, GTR
A Stable Lamp Is Lighted CVH, GC
African Noel (Kauffmann) 362-03288
Before the World Began: I Am for You
(Bell) GC, G-4381
Brightest and Best (Heber) GTR, GC, RS
Children, Run Joyfully (Dufford) BB,
CBW III, JS, S&S
Child of My Heart (Haugen) G2, G-3804
Good News Carol (Furlong) CCH, G-3917
Help Us Accept Each Other BB/MI,
CBW II, WOV
Humble Service (Flemming) 11-2294
Is It Far to Bethlehem CCH, G2, G-2908
Jesus Shall Reign CVH, GC, PMB,
WCH, WP
Jesus, Son of God (Bock) GC, G-3749
Joyful Is the Dark (Wren) G2, GC
O Little Town of Bethlehem BB, CVH,
GC, WP
Only In God (Talbot) BB/MI, GC, S&S,
W&S
Rise Up, Jerusalem (Foley) GP
Say, Where Is He Born? (Mendelssohn)
312-41393
The Journey of the Magi MSM-55-9825
What Star Is This BB, GC, CBW III,
PMB, WCH, WP
What Shall We Bring? (Hughes) CCH, G2,
G-4502
What Child Is This (Isele) G-3547, RS
Where There Are Prophecies (Giechen)
11-2499
Who Has Known (Foley) CBW III, S&S
Wood is For the Manger (Janco) 8707 WLP
Word of God, Come Down on Earth
BB/MI, CBW II, CBW III, CVH, JS, PMB,
RS, WP

COMMUNION:
A Christmas Star (Constantine) 312-40767
A Stable Lamp Is Lighted (Wilbur) G2, GC
Bread of Life (Farrell) BB/MI, CBW III,
GC, JS, S&S
By Name I Have Called You (Landry)
BB, GPCOMP, JS2, S&S
Carol of the Wise Men (Hopson) 11-2081
Epiphany (Running) 11-2546
God's Surprise (Bell) G2
Immortal Babe (Worroll) 392-00485
In Thy Light (Powell) 11-1880
Now Shine, Bright Glow Majesty
MSM-50-2000
O Come, All Ye Faithful BB, CBW III,
CVH, GC, GPCOMP, HM, PMB, SM,
WCH, WS, WP
O Poverty (Berthier) TAIZE II
One Bread, One Body (Foley) BB/MI,
GC, GP, GPCOMP, GTR, G2, S&S
Sion, Sing (Diess) RS
Sleeping Jesus (Bullard) G-5058
Stars Lead Us Ever On (Sioux Tribal
Carol, Baily, H. Gaul) 332-14130
Sleep of the Infant Jesus (Fix) G-3624
Thanksgiving Hymn from Ephesus
(Hansen) G-4636
The Adoration of the Shepherds
(Medieval Catalonian, Molzer) 332-40112
The Word of Life (Bell) CCH, G2
Three Kings, The (Cornelius) G-3124
We Are Many Parts (Haugen) BB/MI,
CCH, GC, GTR, G2, RS, SM, SS, WCH,
W&S
What Child Is This BB, CBW III, CVH,
GC, GPCOMP, PMB, SM, WCH, WP


SONG OF PRAISE:
A Star (Smith) G-3468
All the Ends of the Earth (Chepponis) SM,
WCH, WS
All the Ends of the Earth (Kreutz) BB/MI,
PSALMS
All the Ends of the Earth (Hurd) BB/MI,
JS2, S&S
Carol of the Stranger (Cooney) G-4118
Ever Since the Savior Came MSM-50-1038
Le Vermeil du Soleil (Jones) PPMO
Mary's Lullaby (Bock) CCH, G-3757
O Lovely Christmas Rose (Caldwell)
312-41143
Oh, Praise the Lord, My Soul (Hunnicutt)
11-2329
Only In God (Foley) BB, CBW III, GC,
GP, GPCOMP, S&S
Shout for Joy (Peloquin) G-1624, GC
Songs of Thankfulness and Praise BB,
CBW II, GC, WP
Star of the East MSM-50-2100
The Kings (Cornelius, Hopson) 11-2439

CLOSING SONG:
All the Ends of the Earth (Dufford)
BB/MI, CBW III, GC, GP, GPCOMP,
GTR, JS, S&S
Arise, Shine! (Haugen) GTR, GC
Arise, Shine MSM-50-9803
As With Gladness Men of Old BB,
CBW III, CVH, GC, GPCOMP, WOV,
WP
Brightest and Best of the Stars of the
Morning MSM-50-2004
City of God (Schutte) BB/MI, GC, GP,
GPCOMP, GTR, S&S, W&S, WCH
Cry Out with Joy and Gladness PMB,
SM, WCH, WS
Good Christians All, Rejoice BB,
CBW III, CVH, GTR, PMB, WOV, WP
He Came Down A West African
Christmas Carol (Haugen) G2, G-3808
I Am the Light of the World (Hayakawa)
BB/MI, GC, GTR, JS2, S&S
Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise
CVH, GC, PMB, WCH, WP
In Christ There Is No East or West
BB/MI, CBW III, CVH, GPCOMP, WP,
PMB2, WCH, W&S
In Praise of His Name (O'Connor) BB/MI,
GP, GTR, S&S
Joy to the World BB, CBW III, CVH,
GC, GPCOMP, PMB, WCH WP
Sing a New Song (Bell) G-4672
Sing Praise to Our Creator PMB, WCH
Take Christ to the World BB/MI
Song of God among Us (Huijbers) GTR,
S&S
There Is No Rose (Betteridge) PPMO
Those Who Walked in Darkness
(Breedlove) GC, G-4100