Quote of the Today Reading
This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.
The Epiphany of the Lord
6th January 2017
1st Reading / Isaiah (4: 2- 4); (11: 1-5): (12: 4-6)
A reading from the Book of Prophet Isaiah: (Barikh-Mar)
In that day, the seedling of the Lord will have magnificence and glory, and the fruit of the earth will be greatly-esteemed and a source of joy to those who will have been saved out of Israel. And this shall be: all who are left behind in Zion, and who remain in Jerusalem, shall be called holy, all who have been written in life in Jerusalem. Then the Lord will have washed away the filth of the daughters of Zion, and will have washed away the blood of Jerusalem from its midst, by means of a spirit of judgment and a spirit of intense devotion. And a rod will go forth from the root of Jesse, and a flower will ascend from his root. And the Spirit of the Lord will rest upon him: the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and fortitude, the spirit of knowledge and piety. And he will be filled with the spirit of the fear of the Lord. He will not judge according to the sight of the eyes, nor reprove according to the hearing of the ears. Instead, he will judge the poor with justice, and he will reprove the meek of the earth with fairness. And he will strike the earth with the rod of his mouth, and he will slay the impious with the spirit of his lips. And justice will be the belt around his waist. And faith will be the warrior’s belt at his side. And you will say in that day: “Confess the Lord, and invoke his name! Make his plans known among the peoples! Remember that his name is exalted! Sing to the Lord, for he has acted magnificently! Announce it to the whole world! Exult and give praise, O habitation of Zion! For the Great One, the Holy One of Israel, is in your midst!”……..Stand for the Prayer
2nd Reading /Titus (2: 11-15); (3: 4-7)
A reading from the Letter of St. Paul to Titus. (Barikh-Mar)
For the grace of God our Savoir has appeared to all men, instructing us to reject impiety and worldly desires, so that we may live soberly and justly and piously in this age, looking forward to the blessed hope and the advent of the glory of the great God and of our Savoir Jesus Christ. He gave himself for our sake, so that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and might cleanse for himself an acceptable people, pursuers of good works. Speak and exhort and argue these things with all authority. But then the kindness and humanity of God our Savoir appeared. And he saved us, not by works of justice that we had done, but, in accord with his mercy, by the washing of regeneration and by the renovation of the Holy Spirit, whom he has poured out upon us in abundance, through Jesus Christ our Savoir, so that, having been justified by his grace, we may become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.
The grace and peace be with you all brothers. Amen.
Gospel Reading/Matthew (3:1-8, 13-17)
A reading from the Gospel of Saint Matthew:
Now in those days, John the Baptist arrived, preaching in the desert of Judea, and saying: “Repent. For the kingdom of heaven has drawn near.” For this is the one who was spoken of through the prophet Isaiah, saying: “A voice crying out in the desert: Prepare the way of the Lord. Make straight his paths.” Now the same John had a garment made from the hair of camels, and a leather belt around his waist. And his food was locusts and wild honey. Then Jerusalem, and all Judea, and the entire region around the Jordan went out to him. And they were baptized by him in the Jordan, acknowledging their sins. Then, seeing many of the Pharisees and Sadducees arriving for his baptism, he said to them: “Progeny of vipers, who warned you to flee from the approaching wrath? Therefore, produce fruit worthy of repentance. Then Jesus came from Galilee, to John at the Jordan, in order to be baptized by him. But John refused him, saying, “I ought to be baptized by you, and yet you come to me?” And responding, Jesus said to him: “Permit this for now. For in this way it is fitting for us to fulfil all justice.” Then he allowed him. And Jesus, having been baptized, ascended from the water immediately, and behold, the heavens were opened to him. And he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and alighting on him. And behold, there was a voice from heaven, saying: “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”
Priest: Glory be to God forever……..People: Glory be to the Christ Our Lord