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Third Sunday After Epiphany   Leave a comment

Above:  St. James’ Episcopal Church, Cedartown, Georgia, January 24, 2010

Image Source = Bill Monk, Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta

(https://picasaweb.google.com/114749828757741527421/BishopAlexanderVisitsStJamesCedartown#5430427078818156754)

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Prayer of Praise and Adoration:

https://gatheredprayers.wordpress.com/2011/01/04/prayer-of-praise-and-adoration-for-the-third-sunday-after-epiphany/

Prayer of Confession:

https://gatheredprayers.wordpress.com/2011/01/04/prayer-of-confession-for-the-third-sunday-after-epiphany/

Prayer of Dedication:

https://gatheredprayers.wordpress.com/2011/01/04/prayer-of-dedication-for-the-third-sunday-after-epiphany/

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Posted January 12, 2012 by neatnik2009 in Epiphany/Ordinary Time 2000s

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Second Sunday After Epiphany   Leave a comment

Above:  Christ Episcopal Church, Norcross, Georgia, January 16, 2011

Image Source = Bill Monk, Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta

(https://picasaweb.google.com/114749828757741527421/ChristChurchNorcross#5562968114322300706)

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Prayer of Praise and Adoration:

https://gatheredprayers.wordpress.com/2011/01/03/prayer-of-praise-and-adoration-for-the-second-sunday-after-epiphany/

Prayer of Confession:

https://gatheredprayers.wordpress.com/2011/01/03/prayer-of-confession-for-the-second-sunday-after-epiphany/

Prayer of Dedication:

https://gatheredprayers.wordpress.com/2011/01/03/prayer-of-dedication-for-the-second-sunday-after-epiphany/

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Posted January 12, 2012 by neatnik2009 in Epiphany/Ordinary Time 2000s

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O Wondrous Type! O Vision Fair   11 comments

Church of the Transfiguration, Mount Tabor, Israel

Image in the Public Domain

Hymn Source = The Hymnal 1916, (1918) of The Episcopal Church

The original Latin words date to the 1400s.  John Mason Neale (1818-1866) translated the text into English.

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1.  O wondrous type!  O vision fair

Of glory that the Church may share,

Which Christ upon the mountain shows,

Where brighter than the sun he glows!

2.  With Moses and Elijah nigh

The incarnate Lord holds converse high;

And from the cloud, the Holy One

Bears record to the Only Son.

3.  With shining face and bright array,

Christ deigns to manifest to-day

What glory shall be theirs above

Who joy in God with perfect love.

4.  And faithful hearts are raised on high

By this great vision’s mystery;

For which in joyful strains we raise

The voice of prayer, the hymn of praise.

5.  O Father, with the eternal Son,

And Holy Spirit, ever One,

Vouchsafe to bring us by thy grace

To see thy glory face to face.

http://adventchristmasepiphany.wordpress.com/2010/11/07/last-sunday-after-the-epiphany-year-a/

Hail, Thou Source of Every Blessing   1 comment

The Journey of the Magi, by James Tissot

Image Source = Wikipedia

Translated from the original German text by the Reverend Basil Wood (1760-1831), in 1813

Hymn Source = American Lutheran Hymnal (1930), of the American Lutheran Church (1930-1960)

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1.  Hail, Thou Source of ev’ry blessing,

Sov’reign Father of mankind!

Gentiles now, Thy grace possessing,

In Thy courts admission find.

Grateful now we fall before Thee,

In Thy Church obtain a place;

Now by faith behold Thy glory,

Praise Thy trugh, adore Thy grace.

2.  Once, far off, but now invited,

We approach Thy sacred throne;

In Thy covenant united,

Reconciled, redeemed, made one.

Now revealed to eastern sages,

See the star of mercy shine;

Myst’ry hid in former ages,

Myst’ry great of love divine.

3.  Hail, Thou all-inviting Savior!

Gentiles now their off’rings bring,

In Thy temple seek Thy favor,

Jesus Christ, our Lord and King.

May we, body, soul, and spirit,

Live devoted to Thy praise,

Glorious realms of bliss inherit,

Grateful anthems ever raise.

http://adventchristmasepiphany.wordpress.com/2010/09/15/first-day-of-epiphany-feast-of-the-epiphany-january-6/

How Wondrous and Great Thy Works, God of Praise!   1 comment

Earth, from Apollo 17 (1972)

Image in the Public Domain

Hymn Source = The Hymnal 1916 (1918), of The Episcopal Church

Words by the Reverend Henry Ustick Onderdonk (1789-1858), in 1826, while Rector of St. Ann’s, Brooklyn, New York; served as the Episcopal Assistant Bishop of Pennsylvania (1827-1836) and Bishop of Pennsylvania (1836-1844)

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1.  How wondrous and great thy works, God of praise!

How just, King of saints, and true are thy ways!

O who shall not fear thee, and honor thy Name?

Thou only art holy, thou only supreme.

2.  To nations long dark thy light shall be shown;

Their worship and vows shall come to thy throne;

Thy truth and thy judgments shall spread all abroad,

Till earth’s every people confess thee their God.

What Star is This, With Beams So Bright   4 comments

Jupiter, Which in Conjunction with Saturn, Probably Constituted the “Star” of Bethlehem

Image Source = Wikipedia

Hymn Source = The Hymnal 1940, of The Episcopal Church

Original words (1736) by Charles Coffin (1676-1749), a French Roman Catholic priest and author of many Latin hymns; English translation (1837) by John Chandler (1806-1876), a Church of England priest and translator of many hymns

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1.  What star is this, with beams so bright,

More beauteous than the noonday light?

It shines to herald forth the King,

And Gentiles to his crib to bring.

2.  True spake the prophet from afar

Who told the rise of Jacob’s star;

And eastern sages with amaze

Upon the wondrous token gaze.

3.  The guiding star above is bright;

Within them shines a clearer light,

And leads them on with power benign

To seek the Giver of the sign.

4.  Their love can brook no dull delay,

Though toil and danger block the way;

Home, kindred, fatherland, and all,

They leave at their Creator’s call.

5.  O Jesus, while the star of grace

Impels us on to seek thy face,

Let not our slothful hearts refuse

The guidance of thy light to use.

6.  To God the Father, heavenly Light,

To Christ, revealed in earthly night,

To God the Holy Ghost we raise

Our equal and unceasing praise.

Brightest and Best of the Stars of the Morning   2 comments

Venus, the Second Planet from the Sun and the “Morning Star”

Image Source = Wikipedia

Hymn Source = The Methodist Hymnal (1965), of The Methodist Church

Words by Reginald Heber (1783-1826), Anglican Bishop of Calcutta (1823-1826)

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1.  Brightest and best of the stars of the morning,

Dawn on our darkness and lend us thine aid;

Star of the East, the horizon adorning,

Guide where our infant Redeemer is laid.

2.  Cold on the cradle the dewdrops are shining;

Low lies his head with the beasts of the stall;

Angels adore him in slumber reclining,

Maker and Monarch and Savior of all.

3.  Say, shall we yield him, in costly devotion;

Odors of Edom and offerings divine,

Gems of the mountain and pearls of the ocean,

Myrrh from the forest and gold from the mine?

4.  Vainly we offer each ample oblation;

Vainly with gifts would his favor secure;

Richer by far is the heart’s adoration;

Dearer to God are the prayers of the poor.

5.  Brightest and best of the sons of the morning,

Dawn on our darkness and lend us thine aid;

Star of the East, the horizon adorning,

Guide where our infant Redeemer is laid.

http://adventchristmasepiphany.wordpress.com/2010/09/15/first-day-of-epiphany-feast-of-the-epiphany-january-6/

Prayer of Dedication for the Last Sunday After Epiphany   4 comments

An Icon of the Transfiguration

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The Gospel Reading for the Last Sunday After Epiphany tells of the Transfiguration of Jesus.

Prayer Source = James G. Kirk, When We Gather:  A Book of Prayers for Worship, Year C (Philadelphia, PA:  Geneva Press, 1985)

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God of Moses and Elijah, of Christ, and the disciples, we too could build you booths, but you would not be pleased.  We could bring you burnt offerings, but you do not desire them.  You ask us to do justice, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with you.  We come now before you, placing our lives in your service.  Take us, women and men, young and old, to use us as you deem fit.

http://adventchristmasepiphany.wordpress.com/2011/07/20/last-sunday-after-the-epiphany-year-b/

http://adventchristmasepiphany.wordpress.com/2010/11/07/last-sunday-after-the-epiphany-year-a/

Posted January 7, 2011 by neatnik2009 in Epiphany/Ordinary Time 1900s

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Prayer of Confession for the Last Sunday After Epiphany   4 comments

Church of the Transfiguration, Mount Tabor, Israel

Image Source = Wikipedia

The Gospel Reading for the Last Sunday After Epiphany tells of the Transfiguration of Jesus.

Prayer Source = James G. Kirk, When We Gather:  A Book of Prayers for Worship, Year C (Philadelphia, PA:  Geneva Press, 1985)

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Said in unison:

Mystery of mysteries, hide not your face from us.  Hear our confession and forgive us of sin.  We go to the mountains to escape our involvements.  We hear your commandments, then hide from their truth.  We hide our faces to conceal our identities; Christ unmasks our pretense and strips us of pride.  Help us not to be afraid to encounter your presence, and through Christ to stand before you pardoned of our sin.

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Prayer of Praise and Adoration for the Last Sunday After Epiphany   4 comments

The Transfiguration of Christ, by Giovanni Bellini (Late 1400s)

Image Source = Wikipedia

The Gospel Reading for the Last Sunday After Epiphany tells of the Transfiguration of Jesus.

Prayer Source = James G. Kirk, When We Gather:  A Book of Prayers for Worship, Year C (Philadelphia, PA:  Geneva Press, 1985)

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Great are your works, O Holy One, and greatly to be praised.  Not a day passes without our sensing your presence.  You appeared in Jesus, removing the veil from your countenance.  You spoke through Christ, that we might know your will.  Henceforth we shall behold your glory as we are led by your Spirit.  Blessed Trinity, we praise your name.

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Posted January 7, 2011 by neatnik2009 in Epiphany/Ordinary Time 1900s

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