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The Epiphany of our Lord   
or the Manifestation of Christ to the Gentiles







Patristic / Medieval

Chrysostom (Gospel)
Chrysostom (Epistle)
Leo the Great (Sermon I)
Leo the Great (Sermon III)
Leo the Great (Sermon IV)
Leo the Great (Sermon VI)

Catena Aurea (Gospel)



Luther (Gospel)
Calvin (Gospel)
Calvin (Epistle)

Caroline Divines 
Andrewes (Gospel)
Sparrow (Epiphany and season)

Evangelical Revival 
Wesley Notes (Gospel)
Wesley Notes (Epistle)

Oxford Movement 
Keble sermon 1 (Gospel)
Keble sermon 2 (Gospel)
Newman (the Season of Epiphany)
Scott (Collect, Epistle, Gospel)



T.S. Elliot (Journey of the Magi)

Farrer (Weekly Paragraph on the Holy Sacrament)
Benedict XVI (Spirit of the Liturgy)
Crouse - Epiphany 2004
Crouse - Epiphany Eve
Crouse - Epiphany
Toon (On the Season and Collect)

Matthew Henry (Gospel)
Matthew Henry (Episle)
Cusick (Meeting Christ in the Liturgy)


Additional Materials

Keble's Poem for Epiphany from The Christian Year
Links to Images of the Magi
   - Biblical Art on the WWW
   - Textweek



O God, who by the leading of a star didst manifest thy only-begotten Son to the Gentiles; Mercifully grant, that we, which know thee now by faith, may after this life have the fruition of thy glorious Godhead; through the same thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

In the Canadian 1962 revision:
O God, who by the leading of a star didst manifest thy only-begotten Son to the Gentiles; Mercifully grant, that we, who know thee now by faith, may be led onward through this earthly life, until we see the vision of thy heavenly glory; through the same thy Son Jesus Christ, who with thee and the Holy Ghost liveth and reigneth, one God, world without end.  Amen.

THE EPISTLE.  Ephesians 3. 1-12 
FOR this cause I Paul, the prisoner of Jesus Christ for you Gentiles, if ye have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which is given me to you-ward: How that by revelation he made known unto me the mystery; (as I wrote afore in few words, whereby, when ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ) which in other ages was not made known unto the sons of men, as it is now revealed unto his holy Apostles and Prophets by the Spirit; that the Gentiles should be fellow-heirs, and of the same body, and partakers of his promise in Christ, by the Gospel: whereof I was made a minister, according to the gift of the grace of God given unto me by the effectual working of his power.  Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ; and to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ: to the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the Church the manifold wisdom of God, according to the eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord: in whom we have boldness and access with confidence by the faith of him.
THE GOSPEL.  St Matthew 2. 1-12 
WHEN Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the East to Jerusalem, saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him.  When Herod the king had heard these things, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him.  And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he demanded of them where Christ should be born.  And they said unto him, In Bethlehem of Judaea: for thus it is written by the prophet,
     And thou Bethlehem, in the land of Judah,
     art not the least among the princes of Judah:
     for out of thee shall come a Governor,
     that shall rule my people Israel.
Then Herod, when he had privily called the wise men, enquired of them diligently what time the star appeared.  And he sent them to Bethlehem, and said, Go and search diligently for the young child; and when ye have found him, bring me word again, that I may come and worship him also.  When they had heard the king, they departed; and, lo, the star, which they saw 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 exceeding great joy.  And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh.  And being warned of God in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed into their own country another way.




INTROITPs 72.1-7   
GIVE the King thy judgements, O God, / and thy righteousness unto the King's son.
2 Then shall he judge thy people according unto right, / and thy poor with justice.
3 The mountains also shall bring peace, / and the little hills righteousness unto the people.
4 He shall keep the simple folk by their right, / save the children of the poor, and punish the wrong doer.
5 He shall live as long as the sun, / and while the moon endureth, from one generation to another.
6 He shall come down like the rain upon the mown grass, / even as the showers that water the earth.
7 In his time shall righteousness flourish; / yea, and abundance of peace, so long as the moon endureth.


GRADUALPs 72.8-11 
8 LET his dominion also be from the sea to sea, / and from the River unto the world's end.
9 Let them that dwell in the wilderness kneel before him; / and let his enemies lick the dust.
10 Let the kings of Tarshish and of the isles give presents, / and the kings of Arabia and Saba bring gifts.
11 Let all kings fall down before him, / and all nations do him service.
Additional Propers for Eucharistic Devotions