Lessons and Hymns for The Epiphany of Our Lord C (Observed)

At Grace, we will be observing the Epiphany of Our Lord this Sunday and these are the Scripture lessons you will be hearing:

Isaiah 60:1-6
Ephesians 3:1-12
Matthew 2:1-12

The Lord God Is Manifested in the Incarnate Son

The Feast of the Epiphany centers in the visit of the Magi from the East. In that respect, it is a “Thirteenth Day” of Christmas; yet, it also marks the beginning of a new liturgical season. While Christmas has focused on the incarnation of our Lord — that is, on God becoming flesh — the season of Epiphany emphasizes the manifestation or self-revelation of God in that same flesh of Christ. The Lord Himself has entered our darkness and rises upon us with the brightness of His true light (Is. 60:1–2). He does so chiefly by His Word of the Gospel, which He causes to be preached within His Church on earth — not only to the Jews but also to Gentiles (Eph. 3:8–10). As the Magi were guided by the promises of Holy Scripture to find and worship the Christ Child with His mother in the house (Matt. 2:5–11), so does He call disciples from all nations by the preaching of His Word to find and worship Him within His Church (Is. 60:3–6). With gold they confess His royalty; with incense, His deity; and with myrrh, His priestly sacrifice (Matt. 2:11).

These are the hymns we will be singing (please note we’ve added an additional hymn to be sung during Communion distribution):

Angels from the Realms of Glory (LSB 367)
O Morning Star, How Fair and Bright (LSB 395)
Break Forth, O Beauteous Heavenly Light (LSB 378)
The People That in Darkness Sat (LSB 412)
O God of God, O Light of Light (LSB 810)

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