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Second Sunday After Christmas - January 4, 2015
Daily Prayer

"Lord, open my lips, and my mouth shall declare your praise."

Entrance Antiphon:
The shepherds hastened to Bethlehem, where they found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in a manger. Luke 2:16

Collect
Almighty ever-living God,
splendor of faithful souls,
graciously be pleased to fill the world with your glory,
and show yourself to all peoples by the radiance of your light.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.

Today's Readings: Lectionary # 19

Daily Meditation:
Wisdom sings her own praises, before her own people she proclaims her glory. Sirach 24

May the eyes of (your) hearts be enlightened, that you may know what is the hope that belongs to his call,
what are the riches of glory in his inheritance among the holy ones. Ephesians 1

The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world.
He was in the world, and the world came to be through him, but the world did not know him.
He came to what was his own, but his own people did not accept him.
But to those who did accept him he gave power to become children of God,
to those who believe in his name. John 1

On this Sunday, between Christmas and Epiphany,
we keep growing deeper into the mystery:
Light in our midst,
giving us the power to become his children.

May we let his light into our hearts.
May we not hide in the darkness of the world around us.
May we believe in his name and be a light for those around us.

Today's Daily Reflection

Intercessions:
The Word of God existed before the creation of the universe
yet was born among up in time.
We praise and worship him as we cry out in joy:
Let the earth ring out with joy for you have come.

You are the unending Word of God
who flooded the world with joy at your birth,
- fill us with joy by the continuous gift of your life.

You have saved us and by your birth revealed to us
the covenant faithfulness of the Lord,
- help us to be faithful to the promises of our baptism.

You are the King of heaven and earth
who sent messengers to announce peace to all,
- let our lives be filled with your peace.

You are the true vine that brings forth the fruit of life,
- make us branches of the vine, bearing much fruit.

Closing Prayer:
God of great passion,
you love me in ways that I cannot always understand
and you call me to a glory I cannot comprehend:
that of being a child of God.

That is what I am called to in this life,
to be your child
and to live in the dignity your endless love bestows on me.

Help me to love
what is most human and most imperfect in the world
just as you love me with all of my flaws.

Open my eyes to see the glory of Jesus
reflected in the eyes of all of those I see today.

 

May the Lord bless us,
protect us from all evil
and bring us to everlasting life.
Amen.


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Second Week of Christmas - January 5
Daily Prayer

“Lord, open my lips, and my mouth shall declare your praise.”

Collect:
Grant your people, O Lord, we pray,
unshakable strength of faith,
so that all who profess that your Only Begotten Son
is with you for ever in your glory,
and was born of the Virgin Mary
in a body truly like our own
may be freed from present trials
and given a place in abiding gladness.

Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.

Today's Readings: - Lectionary # 208

Daily Meditation:
And now, children, remain in him, so that when he appears we may have confidence
and not be put to shame by him at his coming.
1 John 2

John answered them, “I baptize with water; but there is one among you whom you do not recognize,
the one who is coming after me, whose sandal strap I am not worthy to untie.” John 1

Jesus baptizes us the the Holy Spirit. All that has prepared us for his coming
gives witness to his presence with us now.

May we remain in the one who has come to be with us.
May we place our trust in the one who promises us life.

Today's Daily Reflection

Intercessions:
Let us joyfully invoke the Son of God, our Redeemer,
who became man in order to restore man:
Be with us, Emmanuel.

Jesus, Son of the living God, King of glory, and Son of the Virgin Mary,
- brighten this day with the glory of your incarnation.

Jesus, Wonder-Counselor, Mighty-God, Father of the future, Prince of peace,
- direct our lives according to the holiness of your human nature.

Jesus, all-powerful, patient, obedient, meek and humble of heart,
- show the power of your gentleness to all.

Jesus, Father of the poor, immeasurable goodness, our way and our life,
- grant your Church the spirit of poverty.

Closing Prayer:
I beg you, Lord, give me the sight I need
so that I can see you in those around me
and welcome you into my heart
with the joy of celebration.

If only my eyes could be opened!
Give me the wisdom and internal vision to see
and I will recognize you as my savior
not only in my heart today
but in my life every day.

I ask that you help me to open my heart more fully
to your own dizzying love for me.
Help me to be grateful for your incredible gifts to me. 

May the Lord bless us,
protect us from all evil
and bring us to everlasting life.
Amen.

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Feast of the Epiphany - January 6
Daily Prayer
 

“Lord, open my lips, and my mouth shall declare your praise.”

 

Collect:
O God, who on this day
revealed your Only Begotten Son to the nations
by the guidance of a star,
grant in your mercy
that we, who know you already by faith
may be brought to behold
the beauty of your sublime glory.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.

Today's Readings- Lectionary # 20

The Epiphany Proclamation for 2015

Daily Meditation:
Your light has come, the glory of the Lord shines upon you. Isaiah 60

May the kings of Tarshish and the islands bring tribute, the kings of Arabia and Seba offer gifts.
May all kings bow before him, all nations serve him.
For he rescues the poor when they cry out, the oppressed who have no one to help.
He shows pity to the needy and the poor and saves the lives of the poor.
Psalm 72

The Gentiles are coheirs, members of the same body, and copartners in the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel. 
Ephesians 3

This great feast - celebrated in the East as the Baptism of the Lord - is a feast of "revelation."
Jesus is the beloved Son of God,
a light for the whole world,
the very one who comes to us in time, this year,
to be our savior:
to rescue the poor, to hear our cry,
to save us in our need, in our poverty.

May we bring him the gifts of our faith and trust and hope.
May we recognize him as our savior
who gave his own life to set us free from the power of sin and death.
Come, let us adore him.

Today's Daily Reflection

Intercessions:
Today our Savior was adored by the Magi.
Let us also worship him with joy as we pray
Light from Light, shine on us this day.

Christ, you revealed yourself in the flesh,
- sanctify us through prayer and the word of God.

Christ, your witness was the Spirit,
- free our lives from the spirit of doubt.

Christ, you revealed yourself to the angels,
- help us to feel the joy of heaven on earth.

Christ, you were proclaimed to the nations,
- by the power of the Holy Spirit open the hearts of all.

Christ, you generated faith in the world,
- renew the faith of all believers.

Christ, you were taken up in glory,
-enkindle in us a longing for your kingdom.

Closing Prayer:
Light of the world,
You have come into my life; you are here for me in my poverty.
I am dazzled by the gifts you bring to me on this day:
"Your light is strong, your love is near."

Truly you have drawn me far beyond the limits of the world,
and into the limit-less boundaries of your dizzying love.

My gifts are small, and often filled with fear.
They are my trust and my hope.
Please accept them and heal me
and let me be free enough to rejoice
that you are the Beloved Son
and that you have come for me.

May the Lord bless us,
protect us from all evil
and bring us to everlasting life.
Amen.


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Wednesday After Epiphany - January 7
Daily Prayer

“Lord, open my lips, and my mouth shall declare your praise.”

Collect:
Grant us, almighty God, that the bringer of your salvation,
who for the world’s redemption
came forth with newness of heavenly light,
may dawn afresh in our hearts
and bring us constant renewal.

Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.

Today's Readings: - Lectionary # 212

Daily Meditation:
Jesus turned and saw them following him and said to them,
“What are you looking for?”
John 1

We can imagine this week that Jesus is turning to us and asking,
“What are you looking for?”
If only we can answer, “I want to be with you,
to learn from you, to spend time with you,
so that I can find a healing and missioning intimacy with you
throughout my day, even in difficult times,
especially, when I need strength and courage.”

May we ask our Lord for what we desire this day,
and every day.


Today's Daily Reflection

Intercessions:
Let us joyfully invoke the Son of God, our Redeemer,
who became man in order to restore man:
Be with us, Emmanuel.

Jesus, Son of the living God, King of glory, and Son of the Virgin Mary,
- brighten this day with the glory of your incarnation.

Jesus, Wonder-Counselor, Mighty-God, Father of the future, Prince of peace,
- direct our lives according to the holiness of your human nature.

Jesus, all-powerful, patient, obedient, meek and humble of heart,
- show the power of your gentleness to all.

Jesus, Father of the poor, immeasurable goodness, our way and our life,
- grant your Church the spirit of poverty.

Closing Prayer:
You turn to me with such loving eyes
and ask, “What are you looking for?”
I don't always know the answer, Lord,
but I know that your question fills my heart
with a longing to be with you and to work at your side
in loving and caring for your people.

You honor all of humanity by your presence in this life
and I am in awe that you have become one of us.
God with us, Emanuel.
Help my heart to continue to rejoice at the news
that you free me from my sins.

May the Lord bless us,
protect us from all evil
and bring us to everlasting life.
Amen.


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Thursday After Epiphany - January 8
(outside the US)
Daily Prayer
 
“Lord, open my lips, and my mouth shall declare your praise.”

Collect:
O God, who by the Nativity of your Only Begotten Son
wondrously began for your people
the work of redemption,
grant, we pray, to your servants such firmness of faith
that by his guidance they may attain
the glorious prize you have promised.

Who lives and reigns with you in the unity
of the Holy Spirit,

Today's Readings - Lectionary # 213

Daily Meditation:
For this is the message you have heard from the beginning: we should love one another....
If someone who has worldly means sees a brother in need and refuses him compassion,
how can the love of God remain in him?
Children, let us love not in word or speech but in deed and truth.
1 John 3

But Nathaniel said to him, “Can anything good come from Nazareth?”
Philip said to him, “Come and see.” John 1

We await the revelation of God in our lives, just as the first disciples did.
And, we are tempted to ask, if any good - any revelation -
can come from the simple, ordinary, deep seated patterns of our lives.
The invitation is to “Come and see.”
It's an invitation to make a move into those simple places
and to discover Jesus there.

May find our Lord's special way of loving us,
that we might become greater able to come to
our brothers and sister in need
and offer them the love and compassion Jesus has shown us.
And, may we offer love, not simply with words,
but with loving actions, for and with others.

Today's Daily Reflection


Intercessions:
Christ embodied the wisdom of God,
his justice, his holiness and his saving power.
Let us praise him and call upon him confidently:
Lord, save us by your birth..

King of the world, the shepherds found you wrapped in swaddling clothes,
- make us willing participants in your poverty and simplicity.

Lord of heaven, from your royal throne you came down to the world,
- teach us to respect our less fortunate brothers and sisters.

Christ, light eternal, when you assumed our nature you did not take on its stain,
- help your faithful people to use the good things of the earth for your honor and glory.

You are the divine spouse of your Church; you stand in its midst as an impregnable tower,
- help the faithful to persevere in your Church towards salvation.


Closing Prayer:
Lord you look at me with such joy
and invite me to “come and see.”
What is it you want to show me in your life
that can touch my own?
Hold my hand as I open my heart
and ask your help to find a freedom to serve.

Dispel my fears with the light of your radiance
in the dimly-lit depths of my soul.
With the gift of faith,
I know that you have healed me of
some tight selfishness that has kept me from opening my heart.

With the light of your salvation on me,
teach me to love you far beyond the words of my prayer.
I want to love you with my entire life.
You have come, Lord Jesus! Thank you!

May the Lord bless us,
protect us from all evil
and bring us to everlasting life.
Amen.


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Friday
Friday After Epiphany - January 9
(outside the US)
Daily Prayer
 

“Lord, open my lips, and my mouth shall declare your praise.”

Collect:
O God, who bestow light on all the nations,
grant your peoples the gladness of lasting peace
and pour into our hearts that brilliant light
by which you purified the minds of our fathers in faith.
T
hrough our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.

Today's Readings Lectionary # 214

Daily Meditation:
Beloved, if God so loved us, we also must love one another. ...
There is no fear in love, but perfect love drives out fear
because fear has to do with punishment,
and so one who fears is not yet perfect in love.
1 John 4

"Take courage, it is I, do not be afraid!"
He got into the boat with them and the wind died down. They were (completely) astounded.
They had not understood the incident of the loaves. On the contrary, their hearts were hardened.
Mark 6

How often fear takes away our ability to love!
But, love drives out fear.
It appears that the key is to "understand the incident of the loaves."
If Jesus has power, then it is foolish for us to fear.
If we won't let Jesus have power in our lives,
then our hearts are still hardened.

Let us surrender our hearts to the Lord,
that we might let him love us
and take away all our fears,
that we might love more courageously, more completely.

Today's Daily Reflection

Intercessions:
In the fullness of time, the eternal Word was begotten of the Father.
He is the child who is born for us, the son who is given to us.
To him we lift our voices in joy:
Praise be to you, Lord.

Son of the living God, you existed before the world was made
and you came on earth to save all,
- enable us to be witnesses to your Gospel.

Sun of Justice, whose brightness shone forth from the bosom of the Father
and flooded the entire world,
- be light for all who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death.

You became a little child and lay in a manger,
- renew in us the simplicity of little children.

For our sake you became the living bread of eternal life,
- fill us with joy through the sacrament of your altar.

Closing Prayer:
My love for you is so imperfect, Lord.
I know I am filled with fear
and yet I long to taste the depths of your love.

Give me the joy of lasting peace
and fill my heart with so much love
that there is no more room for the worry and dread.

Open my eyes to those around me
and give me the courage to act in justice
to make their lives better
as you would do for me.

May the Lord bless us,
protect us from all evil
and bring us to everlasting life.
Amen.


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After Epiphany - January 10
Daily Prayer
 

“Lord, open my lips,and my mouth shall declare your praise.”

Collect:

Almighty, every-living God,
who through your Only Begotten Son
have made us a new creation for yourself,
grant, we pray,
that by your grace we may be found in the likeness of him,
in whom our nature is united to you.

Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.

Today's Readings - Lectionary # 215

Daily Meditation:

In this is love: not that we have loved God,
but that he loved us and sent his Son as expiation for our sins
. 1 John 4

O God, give your judgment to the king; your justice to the son of kings;
That he may govern your people with justice, your oppressed with right judgment, ...
That he may defend the oppressed among the people, save the poor and crush the oppressor.
Psalm 72

His heart was moved with pity for them, for they were like sheep without a shepherd;
and he began to teach them many things.
They all ate and were satisfied. Mark 4

Jesus is full of compassion for us in his unconditional love for us.
Even when it seems impossible, he still shows us the way
and nourishes us with his love.

May we be grateful for his love for us these days.
May we be like him in our love for one another.

Today's Daily Reflection

Intercessions:
Let us rejoice in the compassion of Christ,
who came to free mankind from the slavery of corruption and
to give us the freedom of the sons of God.
Trusting in this divine compassion, we plead:
By your birth, deliver us from evil.

Lord, you existed before the ages, yet you entered into a new life,
- renew us continually through the mystery of your birth.

Without surrendering your divinity, you wondrously took on our humanity,
- grant that our lives may press on to a fuller participation in your divinity.

You came to be a light to the nations, the teacher of holiness,
- let your words be a light along our way.

Word of God made flesh in the womb of the Virgin Mary, you entered this world,
- live in our hearts always through faith.


Closing Prayer:

Jesus, you became one of us on this earth.
What I want now is to be more like you:
more compassionate and patient,
more guided by your Holy Spirit.

'In this is love.' It is impossible to believe
in the kind of love you have for me.
If only I believed it - how different my life would be!
It seems impossible that you could love me as you do
and yet you are the very center of that impossible love.

Help me to be more grateful for all you have given me
so that my response might be one of generosity
to you and those you have placed in my life..

 

May the Lord bless us,
protect us from all evil
and bring us to everlasting life.
Amen.


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Baptism of the Lord - January 11
Daily Prayer

“Lord, open my lips, and my mouth shall declare your praise.”

Collect:
Almighty ever-living God,
who, when Christ had been baptized in the River Jordan
and as the Holy Spirit descended upon him,
solemnly declared him your beloved Son,
grant that your children by adoption,
reborn of water and the Holy Spirit,
may always be well pleasing to you.

Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.

Today's Readings - Lectionary # 21

Daily Meditation:

This is how you can know the Spirit of God:
every spirit that acknowledges Jesus Christ come in the flesh belongs to God,
and every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus.
1 John 3

“The people who sit in darkness have seen a great light,
on those dwelling in a land overshadowed by death light has arisen. Mt. 4

Jesus comes down to the Jordan and,
in a profound gesture, enters our lives even more dramatically:
he humbles himself to be one with us in the waters of baptism.

In these days after Epiphany, let us keep letting the Light
shine into the places of darkness within us and around us.
And where we have seen and felt his enlightening, freeing presence,
let us continue to rejoice with Christmas joy.

 

Today's Daily Reflection

Intercessions:
Our redeemer desired to be baptized in the Jordan by John;
let us make this prayer to him:
Lord, have mercy.

Christ, you made your light shine on us by revealing yourself,
- grant us the spirit of humble service to all people.

Christ, you humbled yourself and received baptism from your servant
to show us the way of humility,
- grant us the spirit of humble service to our fellow men.

Christ, through your baptism you cleansed us of every blemish
and made us children of your father,
- bestow your spirit of adoption on all who see you.

Christ, through baptism you have consecrated creation
and opened the door of repentance to all who prepare for baptism,
- make us servants of your Gospel in the world.

Christ, through your baptism you revealed to us the Holy Trinity
when the Father called you his beloved Son
and the Holy Spirit came down upon you,
- renew the spirit of adoption among the royal priesthood of the baptized.


Closing Prayer:

Lord, this incredible season comes to an end today
but not the joy I have discovered in these weeks.

I can sense it - your summons in my life
and the response I feel growing in my heart.
I want to take up the mission you are calling me to
and follow in your path of service.

Thank you for making me one of your children
born in water and your Spirit.
Help me to listen to your voice in my life
and remember each day the happiness
of sharing the bond of baptism with you.

With your help, I can stay faithful to your calling
and celebrate my mission as your follower.
Thank you for this great gift!
May I be a light in the world for you.

 

May the Lord bless us,
protect us from all evil
and bring us to everlasting life.
Amen.


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