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From an Epiphany Sermon by St. Ambrose:  “The Magi come by one way, and return by another. For they who had seen Christ, had come to know Christ; and they returned more truly believing than they came. The way is twofold: one that leads to destruction, and the other that leads to the Kingdom. There is the way of sinners, that leads to Herod: this way is Christ by which we return to our country. For here we have no lasting dwelling, as it is written: My soul hath long been a sojourner (Ps. cxix. 6). Let us turn away from Herod–ruler for a while of an earthly power, that we may come to the everlasting dwelling of our heavenly country.

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O God, by the leading of a star You made known Your only-begotten Son to the Gentiles. Lead us, who know You by faith, to enjoy in heaven the fullness of Your divine presence; through the same  Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

Old Testament: Is. 60:1–6
The Psalm: Psalm 24
The Epistle: Eph. 3:1–12
The Gospel: Matt. 2:1–12

Intro:  The feast of the Epiphany of Our Lord commemorates no event but presents an idea that assumes concrete form only through the facts of our Lord’s life. The idea of Epiphany is that the Christ who was born in Bethlehem is recognized by the world as God. At Christmas, God appears as man, and at Epiphany, this man appears before the world as God. That Christ became man needed no proof. But that this man, this helpless child, is God needed proof. The manifestations of the Trinity, the signs and wonders performed by this man, and all His miracles have the purpose of proving to men that Jesus is God, Lately, especially in the Western Church, the story of the Magi has been associated with this feast day. As Gentiles who were brought to faith in Jesus Christ, the Magi represent all believers from the Gentile world. (Intro from The Treasury of Daily Prayer, CPH)

From One of Dr. Martin Luther’s Sermons for Epiphany:

“…when the devil gets in the act and fabricates for us a false Christ, so that in our thoughts we picture Christ as we would like Him to be…for when a person abandons the Word and gropes about for Christ apart from the Word, he misses Christ and apprehends the devil…this is a key element especially to the devil. as he seeks ways to tear us away from the Word, and then, apart from the Word, leads us to think our own thoughts. For then he knows that he has won and we have lost…if (the Magi) are to find the Child, they must follow the Word, which is the right star and beautiful sun pointing to Christ.

“…whoever willfully abandons the Word and follows his own thinking will soon lose Christ, because he regards him not as a gracious, merciful Lord but as a judge and flees from before him as from the devil. For that is the devil’s bailiwick to represent Christ differently to people, terrify them, and by means of sin finally to plunge them into hell.”

Guided by the star they found
Him Whose praise the ages sound,
We too have a star to guide us
Which forever will provide us
With the light to find our Lord,
With the light to find our Lord.As a star God’s holy Word
Leads us to our King and Lord;
Brightly from its sacred pages
Shall this light throughout the ages
Shine upon our path of life,
Shine upon our path of life.

“Bright and Glorious is the Sky”–LBW #75

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