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Christ the King bidding prayers, 4 January 2015 (Epiphany)

Priest: Brothers and Sisters as we pray for our needs, let us remember those of the Church and the wider world.

Reader: The response is…. Lord, Show us how to be gift.

We pray for Pope Francis who is revealing a new Spirit of mercy in the Church. (Pause)

Lord, Show us how to be gift.

We pray for all who are working to alleviate suffering in the world…In particular, we remember those striving to combat Ebola in West Africa; and those who have given time freely at Christmas to be alongside others less fortunate than themselves. (Pause)

Lord, Show us how to be gift.

We pray for Sara and Alexandra Siwiak, Erin Mary Farell Williams and Ray Joseph Hennessy who are being baptised here this weekend. May the lives of their parents, godparents and all of us here, be examples of faith to inspire them.

Lord, Show us how to be gift.

At Epiphany remembering the Kings, we pray for those who bring gifts of leadership and authority that they may use them wisely. (Pause)

Lord, Show us how to be gift.

At Epiphany, we pray that the gifts we bring to each other show the presence of Jesus in our lives. (Pause)

Lord, Show us how to be gift.

In a quiet moment, we make our own prayers (Longer pause)

Mary showed forth Jesus to the Magi and so we say……Hail Mary

Priest: Father God, we make our prayers to you trusting in your Son and with the Holy Spirit for ever. Amen.

Epiphany

Christmas is coming to a close. It is tempting to wrap up our sentiments with the decorations – to put away the good feelings of the season.
But just when we thought it was over, along comes the Epiphany.

The Epiphany! Three wise men bent their knees in front of a Holy Babe born in a manger!

This Sunday, the church celebrates the feast of the epiphany – A realization that Christ
is the Son of God! Adoration of the Magi consolidates the event of incarnation of Jesus as Son of God.

The Epiphany originally celebrated four different events: the Baptism of the Lord; Christ’s first miracle, the changing of water into wine at the wedding in Cana; the Nativity of Christ; and the visitation of the Wise Men. Each of these is a revelation of God to man.

The Epiphany is celebrated by the Kerala Christians of South India under different titles in a very grand manner with lights and fireworks.

We need epiphanies. Let us open our eyes and ears and all the more our hearts to witness and become part of the epiphany. A moment of ignorance and we may miss it badly. We need epiphanies so that there shall be peace; love and courage abound in this New Year.

Wish you all a Happy New Year!