Epiphany Service

Title:Epiphany Service

Bulletin Date: January 7, 2012 5:00 am

The Feast of the Epiphany

Holy Eucharist, Rite I

Priest-in-Charge:  The Rev. Catherine D. Hicks

(BCP—Book of Common Prayer, H-Hymnal 1982) 
As you enter this sacred space that has been set aside for time with God, join us in silence as we go to God in prayer.


The church is in darkness and the service begins in silence.


Tolling of the bell


Priest:  Light and peace, in Jesus Christ our Lord.

People:  Thanks be to God.



Arise, shine; for your light has come,

And the glory of the Lord has risen upon you.

For darkness shall cover the earth, and thick darkness the peoples;

But the Lord will arise upon you, and his glory will appear over you.

Nations shall come to your light,

And kings to the brightness of your dawn.  (Isaiah 60:1-3)



Almighty God, we give you thanks for surrounding us, as daylight fades, with the brightness of the vesper light; and we implore you of your great mercy that, as you enfold us with the radiance of this light, so you would shine into our hearts the brightness of your Holy Spirit; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.


Lighting of the candles

The First Nowell                                                                              H 109


Priest:    The Lord be with you.

People:  And also with you.

Priest:    Let us pray.


O God, by the leading of a star you manifested your only Son to the peoples of the earth:  Lead us, who know you now by faith, to your presence, where we may see your glory face to face; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.  Amen

First Reading                             Isaiah 60:1-6

Psalm                                       Psalm 72:1-7, 10-14                      BCP 685

Second Reading                        Ephesians 3:1-12


Sequence Hymn                        Earth Has Many a Noble City           H127


The Gospel                               Matthew 2:1-12                                 


Homily                                                           The Rev. Catherine D. Hicks


Nicene Creed                                                                                 BCP 326


The Prayers of the People                                                                    Back


The Confession of Sin                                                                    BCP 331


The Peace                                                                                       BCP 332


The Holy Communion

The Offertory


Eucharistic Prayer I                                                                         BCP 333


Sanctus                                                                                                  S 130

The Lord’s Prayer                                                                           BCP 336

The Breaking of the Bread                                                               BCP 337

The Communion of the People of God

Communion Hymn                     What Star is This                              H 124

Post Communion Prayer                                                                  BCP 339

The Blessing

Closing Hymn                    As With Gladness Men of Old                  H 119




Prayers of the People


Lord Jesus, stay with us, for the darkness is at hand, and the day is past; be our light along the way, kindle our hearts and awaken our hope, that we may know you as you are revealed in scripture and in the breaking of the bread.  Grant that we may be witnesses to your light for the sake of your love.  Amen.

We pray that as the people of God, called together to be the church, we may be witnesses to your light and love to a world that waits in darkness.  Amen.

We pray for our nation, divided by distrust and suspicion of one another.  We pray that the light of your love will lead us toward understanding, tolerance and love for one another, so that we can be a people at peace among ourselves and a blessing to the other nations of the earth.  Amen. 

We pray for those among us who are ill, those among us who are suffering from depression, those among us who are suffering from grief, those among us who are suffering from addiction, those among us who are dying.  We pray that we may be witnesses to them of your healing light and love.  Amen.

We pray for those serving in our military, that they may have the light of Your way ever in front of them as they enter into the darkness of battle and conflict.  Amen.

We pray for those who have died, that they come to dwell in the joy of your eternal light and life.  Amen. 

God of light, hear the prayers of your people, offered either silently or aloud.

O God, the source of eternal light:  send your unending light upon us who watch for you, that together we may sing your praises, and that our lives may reflect your light.  Be our light in the darkness, O Lord, and in your great mercy defend us from the darkness of this night, through the love of your Son, the true light that has come into the world. Amen.

 The Feast of EPIPHANY

January 6, 2012


Epiphany service Jan 6, 2012 



ST. Peter’s Episcopal Church

Port Royal, VA


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