Daily Bible Reading

The Epiphany of our Lord

Chief Hymn: The Lutheran Hymnal #92

Liturgical Color: White

Introit

BE- | HOLD || the Lord, the | Ru- | ler, | has - | come, *
And the kingdom and the power and the glory are | in | His | hand. -
|| Give the king Your | judg- | ments, | O - | God, *
And Your righteousness to | the | king’s | Son. - (Liturgical text based on Malachi 3:1; Psalm 72:1)

Psalm Readings

Matins: Psalm 96

Vespers: Psalm 72

Collect

O God, who on this day by the leading of a star didst reveal thine only-begotten Son to the Gentiles: Mercifully grant that we, who know thee now by faith, may be brought to contemplate the beauty of thy Majesty; through the same thy Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost, one true God, world without end. Amen.

First Reading: Is. 60:1-6

60  Arise, shine; For your light has come! And the glory of the Lord is risen upon you. For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, And deep darkness the people; But the Lord will arise over you, And His glory will be seen upon you. The Gentiles shall come to your light, And kings to the brightness of your rising. “Lift up your eyes all around, and see: They all gather together, they come to you; Your sons shall come from afar, And your daughters shall be nursed at your side. Then you shall see and become radiant, And your heart shall swell with joy; Because the abundance of the sea shall be turned to you, The wealth of the Gentiles shall come to you. The multitude of camels shall cover your land, The dromedaries of Midian and Ephah; All those from Sheba shall come; They shall bring gold and incense, And they shall proclaim the praises of the Lord .

Gradual

|| All those from Sheba shall come; they shall bring | gold | and | in- - | cense, *
And they shall proclaim the praises | of | the | Lord. -
|| Arise, shine, O | Je- | ru- | sa- - | lem; *
For the glory of the Lord is risen | up- | on | you. -
|| Alleluia! Alleluia! We have seen His | star | in | the - | East *
And have come with gifts to worship the Lord. Al- | le- | lu- | ia! - (Isaiah 60:6b, 1; St. Matthew 2:2)

Second Reading: Matt. 2:1-12

2  Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, saying, “Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the East and have come to worship Him.” When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him. And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he inquired of them where the Christ was to be born. So they said to him, “In Bethlehem of Judea, for thus it is written by the prophet: ‘But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, Are not the least among the rulers of Judah; For out of you shall come a Ruler Who will shepherd My people Israel.’ ” Then Herod, when he had secretly called the wise men, determined from them what time the star appeared. And he sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and search carefully for the young Child, and when you have found Him, bring back word to me, that I may come and worship Him also.” When they heard the king, they departed; and behold, the star which they had seen in the East went before them, till it came and stood over where the young Child was. When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceedingly great joy. And when they had come into the house, they saw the young Child with Mary His mother, and fell down and worshiped Him. And when they had opened their treasures, they presented gifts to Him: gold, frankincense, and myrrh. Then, being divinely warned in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed for their own country another way.

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Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.