Behold the Lord the Ruler is come: and the Kingdom is in His Hand, and power, and dominion. (Psalm) Give to the king Thy judgement, O God: and to the king’s Son Thy justice. Glory be to the Father. Behold the Lord…
O God, Whose only-begotten Son hath appeared in the substance of our flesh: grant, we beseech Thee, that by Him, in Whom outwardly we recognize our likeness, we may deserve to be inwardly created anew: Who with Thee liveth and reigneth.
Epistle – Isaias 60:1-6
Arise, be enlightened, O Jerusalem: for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee. For behold darkness shall cover the earth, and a mist the people: but the Lord shall arise upon thee, and His glory shall be seen upon thee. And the Gentiles shall walk in thy light, and kings in the brightness of thy rising. Lift up thine eyes round about and see: all these are gathered together: they are come to thee: thy sons shall come from afar, and thy daughters shall rise up at thy side. Then shalt thou see and abound, and thy heart shall wonder and be enlarged, when the multitude of the sea shall be converted to thee, the strength of the Gentiles shall come to thee.
The multitude of camels shall cover thee, the dromedaries of Madian and Epha: all they from Saba shall come, bringing gold and frankincense and showing forth praise to the Lord.
All they from Saba shall come, bringing gold and frankincense and showing forth praise to the Lord. Arise and be enlightened, O Jerusalem: for the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee.
Alleluia, alleluia. We have seen His star in the East, and are come with gifts to adore the Lord. Alleluia.
Gospel – John 1:29-34
At that time John saw Jesus coming to him, and he saith: Behold the Lamb of God, behold Him Who taketh away the sin of the world. This is He of Whom I said: After me there cometh a man, who is preferred before me: because He was before me.
And I knew Him not, but that He may be made manifest in Israel, therefore am I come baptizing with water. And John gave testimony, saying: I saw the Spirit coming down as a dove from heaven, and He remained upon Him. And I knew Him not: but He Who sent me to baptize with water said to me: He upon Whom thou shalt see the Spirit descending and remaining upon Him, He it is that baptizeth with the Holy Ghost. And I saw: and I gave testimony that this is the Son of God.
The kings of Tharsis and the islands shall offer presents: the kings of the Arabians and of Saba shall bring gifts: and all the kings of the earth shall adore Him: all nations shall serve Him.
We bring unto Thee our offerings, O Lord, in remembrance of the manifestation of Thy Son born for us, humbly beseeching Thee: that as He is the Author of our gifts, so He may also in His mercy receive the same, even Jesus Christ our Lord: Who liveth and reigneth.
We have seen His star in the East, and are come with gifts to adore the Lord.
Lord, we beseech Thee, may Thy heavenly light go before us always and everywhere, that we may discern with pure vision and receive with worthy affection, the mystery of which Thou wouldst make us partakers. Through our Lord.