The Feast of the Epiphany of the Lord
Missa “Ecce advenit Dominator Dominus”
INTROIT: Malachi 3: 1 Behold the Lord the Ruler is come: and the Kingdom is in His Hand, and power, and dominion. (Ps. 71: 2) Give to the king Thy judgment, O God: and to the king’s Son Thy justice. v. Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost, as it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.
COLLECT: O God, Who on this day, didst manifest Thine only-begotten Son to the Gentiles by the guidance of a star: graciously grant, that we, who know Thee now by faith, may be led on even to contemplate the beauty of Thy Majesty. Through the same Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, one God Forever and ever. Amen.
ISAIAH 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. Life up thy 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, and the dromedaries of Madian and Epha: all they from Saba shall come, bringing gold and frankincense and showing forth praise to the Lord.
MATTHEW 2: 1-2. When Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Juda in the days of King Herod, behold there came wise men from the East to Jerusalem, saying: Where is He that is born King of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the East, and are come to adore Him. And king Herod hearing this was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him. And assembling together all the chief priests and the scribes of the people, he inquired of them where Christ should be born. But they said to him: In Bethlehem of Juda. For so it is written by the Prophet: And thou Bethlehem, the land of Juda, art not the least among the princes of Juda: for out of thee shall come forth the Captain that shall rule My people Israel. Then Herod, privately calling the wise men, learned diligently of them the time of the star which appeared to them: and sending them into Bethlehem said: Go and diligently inquire after the Child, and when you have found Him, bring me word again that I also may come and adore Him. Who having heard the king went their way. And behold the star, which they had seen in the East, went before them until it came and stood over where the Child was. And seeing the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy. And entering into the house, they found the Child with Mary His mother, and falling down they adored Him. And opening their treasures, they offered Him gifts, gold, frankincense, and myrrh. And having received an answer in sleep that they should not return to Herod, they went back another way into their country.
COMMUNION: Matthew 2: 2 We have seen His Star in the East, and are come with gifts to adore the Lord.
The Advent season has a Marian and pro-life focus. We meditate on this wonderful mystery of the Word Made Flesh with as much eagerness as his Mother, Mary prepared and awaited the birth of her son. In the USA we celebrate the special feasts of the Immaculate Conception, the patroness of the United States of America, on December 8, and Our Lady of Guadalupe, patroness of the Americas, on December 12.
Please park on the grass if you are planning on attending the rosary at 7:00 a.m., the 8:00 a.m., Mass and the Mariachi presentation in order to have room for the 10:00 a.m. Mass.
Favor de estacionarse en el césped si planea asistir al rosario a las 7:00 a.m., a la misa de las 8:00 a.m., y la presentación de mariachi para que haya cupo para la misa de 10:00 a.m.
The Spanish Prayer Group will present a celebration in honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary on Tuesday, December 7 at 6:30 p.m. It will include the recitation of the Holy Rosary and a drama on the apparitions of the Virgin to Juan. Please bring flowers to Our Lady. A reception will follow.
The Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception is a Holy Day of Obligation in the United States as Mary, under this title, is our patron. Mass will be offered at 9:00 a.m., Wednesday, December 8.
It is a long-established custom of the Church to sing a Marian hymn or antiphon at the Offertory of the Mass; never-the-less it is not a requirement. Marian hymns and antiphons are a noble Catholic practice, since our Blessed Mother draws us closer to her Son.